A current candidate for Brooklyn district leader – and outspoken ‘rapper’ – has reiterated his anti-police stances after an exposé revealed his long history of verbal attacks on the NYPD.
Thirty-seven-year-old Noah Weston, also known by the stage name ‘Soul Khan,’ doubled down on his remarks calling NYPD officers ‘useless pigs’ after the New York Post published a story on his anti-cop views.
‘[E]verything I said was accurate and I would say it again,’ Weston tweeted on Sunday evening.
The Post article dove into Weston’s many comments criticizing the New York City Police Department, including tirades that branded officers as ‘f****** pigs’ and ‘sacks of s***’ who have failed egregiously to solve the Big Apple’s incessant crime woes.
Weston, a California native who is part of a rap group known as Brown Bag All Stars, has also hinted that NYC Mayor Eric Adams, a former police captain, is exacerbating the city’s homelessness crises with his policies.
‘The greatest threats in this city are Eric Adams and the NYPD,’ Weston tweeted on Saturday in response to a post about officers clearing a homeless encampment.
Weston has also called Adams a ‘morally grotesque piece of s***.’
The rapper, who is running for a district leader position in Brooklyn’s 46th Assembly District, has also blamed cops for spreading COVID among vulnerable populations by refusing to wear masks, as well as the department’s alleged use of violent and racist tactics.
‘It is genuinely more productive to wipe your a** with money than to spend it on cops,’ Weston tweeted in May, while another tweet read ‘f*** the f****** pigs til the day their misbegotten lives end abolish these ogrish sacks of s***.’
Thirty-seven-year-old Noah Weston, known artistically as ‘Soul Khan,’ doubled down on his remarks calling NYPD officers ‘useless pigs’ after the New York Post published an article on his anti-police views
Weston, a California native who is part of the hip-hop group Brown Bag All Stars, also hinted that NYC Mayor Eric Adams, a former police captain, was exacerbating the spike in crime
The Post article dived into Weston’s many comments criticizing the New York City Police Department, blaming officers for failing egregiously to solve the Big Apple’s incessant crime woes
The rapper, who is running for leader in the 46th Assembly District, has largely blamed cops for refusing to wear masks, spreading COVID among vulnerable populations and using violent and racist policing
‘cw: police brutality. F*** the f****** pigs til the day their misbegotten lives end abolish these ogrish sacks of s***,’ Weston has also tweeted
Weston has also called Adams a ‘morally grotesque piece of s***’
In a video posted late February announcing his bid for office, Weston ventured to say that the Democratic party had to be built from the ground up.
‘From the indifferences and broken promises of Joe Biden, to the callousness and cruelty of Mayor Eric Adams, the Democratic Party has failed us, and we deserve better,’ Weston said in the video.
Long before dabbling in politics, Weston opened up about his mental health struggles and urged his followers to vote for Bernie Sanders.
‘I’ve been thinking a lot about my daily routine, which usually includes taking a pill that keeps me from getting too hopeless…so a sad day doesn’t turn into my last.’
‘People like me need Medicare for all. The fact of the matter is that there is one person who has the vision and, yes, the plan to get us there and that’s Senator Bernie Sanders….Vote Bernie,’ Weston said in 2020 ahead of the Democratic Presidential nominee primaries.
The very opinionated rapper often shares his views on social media and has said in the past that he does not believe the police department can be reformed and must instead be abolished.
‘Bless the jury, f*** the pigs, and keep fighting [to] abolish, not reform,’ he tweeted after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for the 2020 murder of George Floyd.
After the Post’s piece was published on Sunday, Weston, who identifies as queer, claimed to have received threatening messages telling him to ‘pray for his gay to go away or else.’
‘[O]kay we need to talk about the police’s toxic fandom,’ he tweeted along with a picture seemingly showing the messages.
Weston has ventured to say that the Democratic party has to be built from the ground up
More recently, Weston took issue with the NYPD’s response following a shooting in which 23 people were shot or otherwise injured when suspect Frank James, 62, opened fire and detonated gas devices inside a subway car last Tuesday
‘[S]eems like a more reliable and involved mental health care system would have done more to prevent this shooting than 11 billion dollars in wasted police funding,’ Weston also said on Twitter
Weston alluded that cops ‘helped the shooter escape,’ because they didn’t have working radios
‘It is genuinely more productive to wipe your a** with money than to spend it on cops,’ Weston tweeted in May
More recently, Weston took issue with the NYPD’s response following a shooting in which 23 people were shot or otherwise injured when suspect Frank James, 62, opened fire and detonated gas devices inside a subway car last Tuesday.
Weston alluded that cops ‘helped the shooter escape,’ because they didn’t have working radios.
‘We do bring up NYPD being useless at a time like this because … the cops helped the shooter escape, didn’t have working radios, and didn’t prevent this but will use it as a pretext to hurt and kill people,’ Weston tweeted Tuesday.
After the shooting, a witness told The New York Times that a uniformed officer at the Sunset Park subway station where the victims were found said his radio was not working and asked passengers to call 911.
Weston also claimed that ‘Frank James did more than the NYPD to locate Frank James.’
James had evaded officers for nearly 30 hours before calling cops on himself roughly 12 minutes before his arrest at a First Avenue McDonald’s on Wednesday.
‘[S]eems like a more reliable and involved mental health care system would have done more to prevent this shooting than 11 billion dollars in wasted police funding,’ Weston also said on Twitter.
The district leader hopeful credited ‘real community members’ for James’ arrest.
‘Real New York community members, not cops, supported each other in meaningful, healing ways through this. Remember that,’ he wrote.
Meanwhile, southern Brooklyn assemblyman Peter Abbate Jr., told the Post Weston’s verbal attacks made him a less than ideal candidate.
‘He’s not fit to be an elected party official using language like that. More than 99 percent of police officers are trying to help our community,’ Abbate told the outlet.
‘He should remain a rapper. On second thought, I don’t think he’s fit to be a rapper. He’s smearing society.’
New York City Assembly primaries will be held on June 28, while the general election is set for November 28.
In the aftermath of the shooting last week, it was revealed that New York City Mayor Eric Adams had been warned multiple times there were not enough cops on the subway (File photo)
A New York Police Officer of the anti terrorism unit patrols the 36th St. subway station, a day after a shooting incident took place in the Brooklyn borough of New York City
In the aftermath of the shooting last week, it was revealed that New York City Mayor Eric Adams had been warned multiple times there were not enough cops on the subway.
After 10 people were shot in the most recent attack to rock the city, Adams vowed to double the number of police out patrolling the system.
The number of crimes in the subway has jumped 55 percent from the same period last year, according to data.
As of last week, workday ridership on the subway is still at about 60 percent of what it was before the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020 with 3.3 million riders using the system.
The mayor pledged to ramp up the uniformed cops out and about as he spoke from COVID isolation.
Adams, a former cop, has vowed to reduce violence in the city with a crime-fighting plan that includes bringing back a version of the plainclothes anti-gun unit.
Earlier this year, more than 200 cops from the NYPD’s Neighborhood Safety Team were sent to patrol 30 key areas where shootings have risen alarmingly.
Previous iterations of the unit were disbanded in 2020 by then-Mayor Bill de Blasio amid anger at policing sparked by the murder of George Floyd and concerns they accounted for a disproportionate number of shootings and complaints.
The surging crime wave, which according to the latest NYPD statistics shows no signs of abating, has seen an uptick in almost all major crimes this year.
For the year through April 10, major crimes are up 44 percent from the same period in 2021, with felony assault up 19 percent and robberies rising 48 percent, the latest NYPD data show.
Murders have ticked down 11 percent, but other crimes are well up, with shooting incidents rising 8 percent, burglary up 31 percent, and grand larceny auto soaring 77 percent.
Major crimes, meanwhile, are up overall, by nearly 50 percent.