Nipsey Hussle Was Being Celebrated AND Investigated By LAPD
A new report reveals Nipsey Hussle was under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department at the time of his untimely passing. According to the New York Times, authorities at the LAPD and the city attorney’s office opened an investigation into the Slauson rapper and his The Marathon Clothing store to determine whether the shop was a hub for gang activity.
The Times reveals the investigation continues even after the rapper’s death, which occurred outside of his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, 2019. A spokesperson for the LAPD did not comment about the specifics of its investigation to the newspaper, but claimed the police department was negotiating with Nipsey’s associates at the property “to mitigate some of those crime issues.”
As part of its investigation, the city of Los Angeles reportedly pressured the owners of The Marathon Clothing property to evict Hussle; however, the owners instead decided to sell the property to Hussle and a group of investors. The Times notes that the ongoing investigation could mean the city would take action against Nipsey’s business partners. In speaking about the matter, Nipsey’s brother and business partner, Samiel Asghedom, said “I don’t know if anybody knows, but we had a 30-day notice and they were kicking us out of all the businesses we owned in the lot.” After initially saying their businesses would need to exit the premises, Samiel told the Times that the landlords offered them an alternative, saying “At this point, if you guys are still interested in buying the lot, you know, rather than kick you guys out we’re willing to sell it to you.” Samiel says of the $2.5 million they needed to raise, “I honestly don’t know how we did it, but we were able to close and get the lot.”
These latest developments are in stark contrast to the news that surfaced following Nipsey Hussle’s murder. According to L.A. Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff, he and LAPD Chief Michel Moore had scheduled an April 1 meeting with Hussle “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids.” Years before his death, Nipsey had been open about his ties to the Rollin’ 60s Crips street gang and continually relayed through interviews and other media that he moved on in favor of a more legitimate career in the music industry.
Nipsey Hussle was allegedly gunned down on March 31 by Eric Holder, a suspected member of the Rollin’ 60s. The 29-year-old has since been arrested and charged with Hussle’s murder. The exact circumstances of the confrontation that proceeded the shooting are still being investigated, however many believed Hussle accused Holder of being a snitch, which led to his leaving the scene, returning with a firearm, and shooting Nipsey numerous times.