Thursday, April 26, 2007

Cam'Ron tries to clarify his 'no snitching' rule

Cam'rons insistence that nobody should talk to the authorities, like one of Grouty's henchmen, has been raising eyebrows amongst the sort of people he needs to do deals with in order to continue flogging his records, and so he's attempted to issue a clarification:

"In 2005, I was a victim of a violent crime. I was shot multiple times without provocation by two armed men who attempted to carjack my vehicle. Although I was a crime victim, I didn't feel like I could cooperate with the police investigation. Where I come from, once word gets out that you've cooperated with the police that only makes you a bigger target of criminal violence. That is a dark reality in so many neighborhoods like mine across America. I'm not saying its right, but its reality. And it's not unfounded. There's a harsh reality around violence and criminal justice in our inner cities.

"But my experience in no way justifies what I said. Looking back now, I can see how those comments could be viewed as offensive, especially to those who have suffered their own personal tragedies or to those who put their lives on the line to protect our citizens from crime. Please understand that I was expressing my own personal frustration at my own personal circumstances. I in no way was intending to be malicious or harmful. I apologize deeply for this error in judgment."

Yes, the whole frustration of "if I lived next door to a serial killer I wouldn't tell the police" was self-evident.

Look, we don't want to sound like Shaw Taylor, but surely part of the reason why people are able to run around shooting other people at will is because of this half-arsed code of secrecy. Still, at least Cam'ron has admitted that what he was trying to pass off as a moral code is actually simply moral cowardice.