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16-year-old wannabe rapper charged with shooting NYPD cop in scuffle walked free on bond Thursday 


16-year-old wannabe rapper charged with shooting NYPD cop in scuffle earlier this month walked free on bond Thursday

  • Camrin Williams – aka C Blu – was locked up in Brooklyn on gun and assault charges for shooting Officer Kaseem Pennant, 27, just a week earlier 
  • Williams was arrested after officers responded to reports of unrest on January 18 
  • He refused when officers asked him to take his hands out of his pockets and a scrap ensued
  • During the battle, a gun Williams – identified as a member of a subset of the Crips – was holding fired and a single bullet struck and wounded Pennant 
  • The shot also wounded the teenager
  • Williams, who is already on probation for a 2020 gun possession arrest, posted $250,000 bond to get out of the juvenile facility on Thursday 


A 16-year-old aspiring rapper charged with shooting a New York City cop in the Bronx is walking free on bond Thursday, infuriating the union representing NYPD officers.

Camrin Williams – aka C Blu – was locked up in Brooklyn on gun and assault charges for shooting Officer Kaseem Pennant, 27, just a week earlier in the Bronx. 

Williams was arrested after officers responded to reports of unrest on January 18. He refused when officers asked him to take his hands out of his pockets and got into a scrap with the cops.   

During the battle, a gun Williams – identified as a member of a subset of the Crips – was holding fired and a single bullet struck and wounded Pennant and hit Williams in the groin.

Williams, who is already on probation for a 2020 gun possession arrest, posted $250,000 bond to get out of the juvenile facility on Thursday, reportedly with an advance on his contract with Interscope Records. 

Camrin Williams – aka C Blu – was locked up in Brooklyn on gun and assault charges

Williams, seen here in the hospital, is free on bail after his gun went off and hit both himself and an NYPD officer in a scuffle

Williams, seen here in the hospital, is free on bail after his gun went off and hit both himself and an NYPD officer in a scuffle

Officer Kaseem Pennant left the hospital to the cheers of his fellow officers a day after the shooting

Officer Kaseem Pennant left the hospital to the cheers of his fellow officers a day after the shooting

The weapon recovered that allegedly went off, firing one bullet, during the fracas

The weapon recovered that allegedly went off, firing one bullet, during the fracas

Police on the scene on East 187th Street in the Bronx

Police on the scene on East 187th Street in the Bronx 

Pennant was released from the hospital a day later.  

NYPD Police Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said cases like this are why New York City’s crime rate has skyrocketed, up 34 percent since the start of 2022.    

‘If anybody wants to know why we have a crisis of violence in this city, or why we’re about to bury two hero police officers, look no further than this disgraceful bail release,’ Lynch said, referencing both the shooting of Pennant and the fatal shooting of two other NYPD officers last week. 

‘This individual chose to carry illegal guns twice,’ Lynch added. ‘He chose to fight with and shoot a New York City police officer. There’s no reason to believe he won’t do the exact same thing when he’s out on the street tonight.

Lynch blamed Judge Denis Boyle, an Acting Bronx Supreme Court Justice who previously was soft on a 16-year-old who went on to murder a 34-year-old father of two in May of 2021. 

NYC PBA President Pat Lynch blamed the rise in city crime on things like Williams' ability to walk free on bond

NYC PBA President Pat Lynch blamed the rise in city crime on things like Williams’ ability to walk free on bond

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former cop, has promised to be tougher on crime

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a former cop, has promised to be tougher on crime

‘Shame on Judge Denis Boyle for allowing this to happen,’ Lynch said. ‘The people of the Bronx won’t be safe as long as he’s on the bench.’

Boyle has a reputation for being overly lenient on young offenders and set bail at $250,000 despite prosecutors call for Williams to be held without bail.  

The state office of court administration responded in a statement Thursday.  

‘The ire that the PBA president is projecting on the judge, who is following the law, should be directed at the individuals who promulgate those laws,’ said spokesman Lucian Chalfen.  

Williams was eligible for bail in this case and walked out just before 7 p.m. Thursday evening.   

‘Camrin has been released and will be back to his regular productive life of focusing on schoolwork and his music career,’ Williams’ attorney Dawn Florio said.   

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