By Greg Gittrich Daily News Staff Writer March 12, 2001, Monday Sports Final Edition Copyright 2001 Daily News, L.P. Daily News (New York) March 12, 2001, Monday Sports Final Edition
(NEW YORK) -- An African-American Brooklyn cop with political aspirations yesterday labeled embattled rap music mogul Sean (Puffy) Combs "the poster boy for black-on-black crime." Officer James Davis' harsh criticism of Combs, currently on trial on gun and bribery charges, came as part of the cop's broad condemnation of violence in the hip hop music industry.
Combs' spokesman Dan Klores dismissed the verbal attack as an "uninformed and in fact silly statement."
"When you consider the sociological and economic factors that contribute to crime, Sean Combs doesn't even make the top 50,000 reasons," Klores said.
Davis, 38, who is assigned to the 69th Precinct in Flatbush, is a perennial Crown Heights political candidate who has announced his intention to run for City Council this year.
He vowed to identify artists who "have done wrong" and organize protests against them, and plans to organize a prayer vigil at 1 p.m. Sunday outside the Greenwich Village studios of radio station Hot 97, WQHT.
Last month, a shootout erupted outside Hot 97 studios after rap diva Lil' Kim left the building. Detectives believe a feud between Lil' Kim and rival Foxy Brown may have been a motive. No arrests were made.