hip hop music

November 21, 2005

For God's Sake, Start Snitching

As I've said a few times on the radio show now, I am vehemently pro "snitching". This "stop snitching" ethos can only be diagnosed as dementia:

But the police say their investigation is stalled for one maddening reason. The victim -- platinum-selling New York rapper Cameron "Cam'ron" Giles, who was shot in both arms -- doesn't seem to be cooperating. Nearly four weeks have passed, and the police can't even get Cam'ron on the phone.

"Cam isn't going to do it," said Juelz Santana, Cam'ron's rapping buddy and protege. "It's not in our nature. He isn't going to stand up and point out a guy in a witness line and say, 'That is the dude who shot me.' We all came from the street..."

Are you kidding me? Seriously. Who are the people that think this makes sense?

Maybe these kids don't remember, but the word "snitch" used to mean something specific. Usually someone who provided information about associates who committed crimes with him, or crimes they told him about, in exchange for money and/or a deal on his own legal troubles. And there are many legitimate questions about this sort of snitching and its role in our justice system.

But nowadays kids think "snitch" means anyone who ever talks to cops about anything, including innocent bystanders who witness a crime and even victims who report crimes committed against them. This is really amazingly stupid.

Believe me I have more than my share of issues with the NYPD. But if I get shot, and I have to choose between helping the police and helping the guy who just shot me? This will not be a difficult choice.

Posted by jsmooth995 at November 21, 2005 9:40 AM

Weblog Archives