Chicago Police Apologize for Treatment of Rapper Rhymefest

Chicago police have issued an apology to Che Smith, the rapper better known for his stage name Rhymefest, after he posted video showing police arguing with him when he attempted to file a robbery report. Rhymefest said he had been robbed at gunpoint in his car. When he went to a police station to report the crime, he filmed a tense interaction with officers, who asked him to stop filming and leave the station without filing his report.

"We are disappointed with what we've seen and how Mr. Smith was treated, and the chief of patrol called him personally to apologize on behalf of the department," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune. "And Superintendent Johnson has directed the chief of patrol to ensure this matter is addressed today with the district."