Cops ‘tried to get rapper Pop Smoke to rat on Crips gang members’ before he was shot dead

POLICE reportedly asked the late rapper Pop Smoke to provide information on the Brooklynn Crips gang just before he was shot dead.

Pop Smoke, whose real name was Bashar Jackson, was shot dead during a robbery at a Hollywood Hills home he rented on February 19.

In December and January prior to his death, New York City police reportedly tried to get the rapper to rat out members of Brooklyn's 823 Crips.

During the first questioning in December, police arrested Jackson for allegedly stealing a Rolls Royce Wraith.

Police asked the 20-year-old rapper about a shooting that happened in Canarsie in June 2019 and told him they had a video of him driving a car in reverse near the scene.

When asked to provide information about the Crips, Jackson refused to cooperate.

"Any conversation with Pop about cooperation was a very short one," his attorney Peter Frankel told the New York Post. "It's something he would never entertain doing."

He was initially charged with criminal possession of stolen property however Jackson was then charged with a federal charged of interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle after refusing to cooperate.

Frankel told the Post that authorities hoped the federal indictment would help persuade him to cooperate and give information.

The Post reported that Jackson was questioned again in January at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

Authorities reportedly asked him about a shooting on January 4, asking more questions about the 823 Crips.

Jackson refused to provide information but agreed to pull out of the BK Drip Concert scheduled for February 16 and to stay away from known gang members. He was released on a $250,000 bond.

Other rappers scheduled to perform at the concert had been identified as Crips including Specifically, 8 Trey Cowboy Crip, 90's G-Stone Crip, Slattery Boys and Vice Lords.

Three days after the Brooklyn concert, Jackson was killed during a rental home robbery.

Corey Walker, 19 and Keandre Rodgers, 18, were charged with murder and two male juveniles, aged 17 and 15, were charged with one count of murder and robbery.

Walker and Rodgers face the death penalty due to the special circumstance that the murder happened during the commission of a robbery and burglary, the Daily Mail reported.

Los Angeles Police Department are still investigating the case.

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