New York, NY – A black, female officer of the New York Police Department (NYPD) who released an anti-police rap video has filed a lawsuit against the city claiming she was discriminated against and left without backup by angry coworkers.
NYPD Officer Atisha “Nukstarr” Samuel was a rookie on probation when she recorded a racially-charged, anti-law enforcement themed rap video in 2016 that included controversial lyrics and images related to high-profile cases of alleged police brutality, the New York Post reported.
Officer Samuel joined NYPD just one month before she released the racially-charged video.
In the video, the officer wore a black ski mask as she rapped “It’s the war against the white man on the beat — with his handguns, quick to pull out on a n—a if he dare run.”
“They say we gotta make America great again, we were never great, we were slaves and caged in,” she rapped.
“They see us like a gorilla in a jungle… So we gotta get it… A black ski mask and a black fitted… Got my crew and a couple hittas… My momma need bread so Imma go and get it,” the police officer rapped in the video as images of police incidents involving Sean Bell and Eric Garner flashed across the screen.
Manhattan Federal Court papers showed that Officer Samuel recently filed a lawsuit against the city that claimed her fellow officers had “misinterpreted” those lyrics as being anti-police and retaliated against her, the New York Post reported.
Officer Samuel’s complaint alleged that her car was keyed and that she was dragged into Internal Affairs to be “asked if she had a problem with cops.”
She also claimed in her lawsuit that when her coworkers tried to make her miserable, a union representative told her to “ask for forgiveness” from her fellow officers at roll call, the New York Post reported.
Court papers revealed that Officer Samuel’s lawsuit claimed that on at least one occasion, supervisors did not send backup when she requested it while she and her partner were responding to a call about a mentally-disturbed person.
In her complaint, the officer said she was followed by NYPD’s Career Advancement Review Board and that a colleague threw arrest paperwork that she had just printed into the garbage, the New York Post reported.
Officer Samuel also alleged in her lawsuit that another officer refused to give her union cards and told her “You should be ashamed, I saw the video, you talking about hating white cops, you are a disgrace you should resign.”
Her lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for discrimination and a hostile work environment, the New York Post reported.
Officer Samuel’s attorney, Christopher Albanese, said that NYPD officers have misunderstood the lyrics of the song.
“The song is not against the cops in any capacity,” Albanese told the New York Post.
The attorney said the song is about peace and the lyrics have been taken out of context.
Sources told the New York Post that investigators from Manhattan South had tried to determine if Officer Samuel had violated any department policies with her video.
Officer Samuel’s bio on Hip Hop My Way describes her as having grown up amidst poverty and drugs in Queens, New York.
In her bio, she wrote with excitement about her production “Dreams for $1.00,” for which the controversial video was released as a promo.
“In 2016, I released my best work ever titled, Dreams for $1.00, which has excelled beyond any limits. In 2019, I plan to have my biggest music year, dropping Trap hits left and right, building my fan base,” the bio read.
Both NYPD and the city’s law department declined to comment on the lawsuit, the New York Post reported.