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Rhymefest Gets Apology From Cops Over 'Disgusting' Response To Robbery

By Kelly Bauer | August 27, 2016 11:24am | Updated on August 27, 2016 3:50pm
 Grammy-winning musician Che
Grammy-winning musician Che "Rhymefest" Smith said he was robbed early Saturday in Chicago.
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CHICAGO — Grammy-winning musician Che "Rhymefest" Smith said he was robbed at gunpoint early Saturday in Chicago, and police are now publicly apologizing for officers' response when he tried to file a report.

The hip hop artist said on Twitter that at 7:30 a.m. he was sitting in his car at 43rd Street and South Cottage Grove Avenue when a man got inside, pointed a gun at his head and demanded his wallet.

Smith said he gave the wallet to the man and the robber got out of the car and ran away.

"I defend you against police brutality, I work on your behalf," Smith wrote on Twitter. "You robbed me. ... You don't know how much you just damaged your community.

"I'm not even mad, I'm f-----' hurt," he said.

Smith went to the police to report the crime, but he was treated "disgustingly" there, he wrote on Twitter. An officer ate and played the game "Candy Crush" while he tried to talk to her about the robbery, he said.

"The first thing that I did was come here to the police station, sir," Smith told an officer in a video he posted on Twitter.

Anthony Guglielmi, communications director for the Chicago Police, apologized to Smith on Twitter for how he was treated when filing a report.

In a string of tweets, Smith said he hoped the man who robbed him would contact him so they could talk.

"Give me faith that it's our desperation and not our hearts that [are] dark," he wrote.