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Rapper photographs self holding guns next to Monroeville police car

Michael DiVittorio
| Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, 5:00 a.m.
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Monroeville police are investigating after a rapper released a picture of himself holding guns and kneeling next to one of the department's patrol cars.

Brennan Brooks-Boyd, known in music circles as “TrippyDoo,” posted the picture on his Facebook page this week with the caption, “(Expletive) the cops.”

Brooks-Boyd said Wednesday evening the image and crude remark were posted to promote a new single he is about to release, “(Expletive) 5-0,” which is a slang reference to police. The Pittsburgh musician said the photo was taken a few days ago in front of an unoccupied police car along Haymaker Road in Monroeville.

“The whole idea was to have a collage with the cop cars,” said Brooks-Boyd, 23, who added that he owns the shotgun and AR-15 used in the photo. “It's just about gun control and not being able to exercise freedom of speech. The fact that I'm black and holding a gun with a cop car behind me is blowing people's minds right now.

“I don't think that should be the biggest thing pointed out in that photo.”

Brooks-Boyd, who attended Gateway High School from 2009 to 2011 but did not graduate, has charges pending against him for carrying firearms without a license and traffic violations filed in May by McKeesport police. He is scheduled to be arraigned on those charges Dec. 11 in Allegheny County court.

Monroeville police Chief Doug Cole said that his department is investigating the online picture, post and is working with the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. Cole declined to comment further on the investigation.

Brooks-Boyd said he was surprised that his post was getting so much attention from the media and police.

“I never thought it was going to go this crazy,” he said.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2367, mdivittorio@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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