Bobby Shmurda has pleaded not guilty this week to serious criminal charges. The alleged crimes set against the “Hot Boy” rapper include a number of gun shootings as well as drug trafficking involvement. Billboard News reported this Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, that Shmurda contends he is innocent of these allegations, and was held this yesterday morning on $2 million bail.
While fans may know him for his music, a Bobby Shmurda not guilty plea has many listeners looking to the rapper’s possible crimes instead this week. Ackquille Pollard, an entertainer that often uses his stage name Shmurda, has said he is innocent this week of charges ranging from moonlighting as a New York City gang member and illicit gun use to drug trafficking in the middle of turf wars. These claims were serious enough to bring the “Hot Boy” star to court and be held on no less than a hefty $2 million bond in a Manhattan Supreme Court decision.
Although there is little doubt that Shmurda’s attorney, Mr. Howard Greenburg, did his very best to persuade the local judge otherwise, MSN News reveals that he was unable to make it so his client (Pollard) should be released without bail. His reasons in fighting for release sans bail this Thursday? Greenburg argues that the rapper was framed, and as a result, does not pose a flight risk with any impetus to run. He said in court:
“He is a legitimate entertainer … He is rich. He is busy. He is always on tour.”
As many fans of the star already know, rising star and singer Bobby Shmurda received wide acclaim from numerous listeners with his biggest song yet, titled “Hot Boy.” The young man has also released a popular music video that introduced a new dance trend being dubbed the “Shmoney dance.” Pollard allegedly signed a major music deal with Epic Records lately too, so these crime charges are a serious mar against what appears to be a very promising career in show business.
Regardless of the drug and gun charges, Bobby Shmurda is standing behind his not guilty plea. He argues that he is innocent of the allegations and is being framed of the gang involvement, particularly that of the violent turf wars. Epic Records is stated to be willing to help the rapper make bail, though a company spokesperson did not offer further comment on the matter.
The original police report on Pollard mentioned that the up-and-coming star was arrested on the charges of gun possession, conspiracy, and reckless endangerment. The incident took place this Wednesday afternoon, and a search of Shmurda’s car revealed crack cocaine as well as a pair of handguns. A recent indictment that mentions the “Hot Boy” rapper also includes an assortment of other grave crimes, including physical assault, attempted murder, drug trafficking and dealing, and murder. What do you feel about the stars innocent plea? Was this all a set-up, or are prosecutors right in seeking justice?
News of this case is troubling for many involved, and officers say that Bobby Shmurda represents an ongoing problematic association with gangs and violence. This indictment is slated to be rife with “deeply disturbing themes … The gang members’ enthrallment with guns, and a cavalier disregard for human life,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan in a public statement this week. “[Pollard’s music videos for his songs] almost like a real-life document of what they were doing on the street,” a New York police officer concluded.