Officer Investigated for Rap and Litigious Past

By Lora Neng
WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER
February 25, 2011

Three years after filing a lawsuit against Philadelphia officers as a victim of police brutality, Roberto Acevedo Jr. has come under investigation as one of their own. Another seemingly at odds part of his history emerged, revealing Acevedo’s former rap career under the name Young Reek. In 2009, he was even named best Latin artist at the Philly Hip Hop Awards.

The Fraternal Order of Police Treasurer told the Philadelphia Daily News that Acevedo was no longer an active rapper. Acevedo along with two other plaintiffs had brought a case against the PPD  over a beating for criticizing the “mistreatment of others by the defendant officers and other officers of the Philadelphia Police Department.” The suit was settled out of court for $72,500 in January 2008.

Police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers said that “past litigation has no bearing on someone being hired. That would be discrimination,” while all applicants are required to disclose any prior civil suits to which they were a party through a during the hiring process questionnaire.

“You may have a conflict of conscience but not a conflict of interest here,” adds Former Police Commissioner John Timoney. “The issues that disqualify you are drug testing and prior contact with the justice system. Being litigious won’t disqualify you.” He insists this isn’t the first incident of a former plaintiff against the police joining its forces, but others remain wary.

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