Along with his aunt Donyale Kitchens, Quinshon Shingles is suing New York City, Det. Joseph E. Patton, Officer David Grieco and three other officers in Federal Court.
According to Kitchens, officers entered her Brooklyn apartment without permission in search of a family friend whose own home had been shot at. Shingles went to his aunt's apartment to see why police were there and that’s when things got interesting.
The officers handcuffed Kitchens’ son, his friend and Shingles. At some point during their 90-minute search of the apartment, the officers learned that Shingles could rap.
"(U)pon learning that the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles was a musician (specifically a 'rapper'), the defendant officers asked him if he was 'any good.' The defendant officers then told the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles to show them some 'spits and bars,' specifically, to perform a rap song, and that if he was 'hot' they would let him go."
The complaint continues:
"That the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles was thus compelled to perform a rap song for his freedom. That apparently satisfied with the plaintiff Quinshon Shingles rap performance, the defendant officers indeed released him and allowed him to leave the subject premises."
Kitchens and Shingles are seeking punitive damages for unlawful search, unlawful arrest, unlawful imprisonment, failure to intervene, and municipal liability.