Pittsburgh Police & FBI Investigating Rap Video Threatening To Kill Cops

| November 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Pittsburgh police and the FBI are searching for two men accused of producing  a rap video threatening two city police officers.

Rashee Beasley, 20, of Garfield, and Jamal Knox, 18, of East Liberty, both  face charges of making terrorist threats, intimidation of witnesses,  retaliation against witnesses and conspiracy.

Police said the two produced a YouTube video, which has since been removed  from the site that makes threats against officers in the city’s Zone 5  station in Highland Park and calls out two officers by name.  The video also  references Richard Poplawski, who is currently on death row and was convicted of  fatally shooting three officers from the city’s Zone 5 station in 2009.

Both Mr. Beasley and Mr. Knox are scheduled to go to trial in February on  firearms violations, a case that began when the officers named in the video  arrested them in April.

Police spokeswoman Diane Richard declined to comment on the video, saying  that Chief Nate Harper does not want to draw further attention to the video’s  creators or “buy into their notoriety.”

The FBI is assisting because the threat was Internet-based, but the city  police intelligence unit is leading the investigation, Pittsburgh FBI  spokeswoman Kelly Kochamba said.

“We are aware of it, and we’re ready to assist the Pittsburgh police whenever  they need our help,” she said.

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