Crime & Justice

Rapper suspect in video of gun flashed behind LAPD officer released

A screenshot from a video that police initially thought was a threat against LAPD officers, but ended up being a promotional stunt by 1990s rap group Brownside.
A screenshot from a video that police initially thought was a threat against LAPD officers, but ended up being a promotional stunt by 1990s rap group Brownside.
NBC L.A.

A man arrested in connection with an online video showing someone flash a gun while filming a Los Angeles police officer has been released after posting bail.

LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado said Thursday that 35-year-old Alex Izquierdo was arrested Wednesday in the L.A. suburb of Hawthorne.

Though Police Chief Charlie Beck had said the department was negotiating with Izquierdo's attorney to turn himself in, Preciado says Izquierdo did not surrender. Izquierdo is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 29.

Police initially thought the video was a threat, but an investigation revealed it was made by a 1990s rap group looking for a comeback. Izquierdo is a member of the 1990s Chicano rap group Brownside and is also known as "Klever."

The attorney for two LAPD officers who shot and killed a man Saturday told KPCC that the lawmen thought they were under attack because of the video.