Chicago, Illinois police have apologised to rap superstar ICE CUBE after
using him to describe a man suspected of a series of sexual assaults.
Members of the CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT are searching for a man who
sexually assaulted three woman in Chicago's Wicker Park neighbourhood, a trendy
area on the city's North Side.
A police community alert, released on Sunday (20JUL03), described the man
as a black male in his mid-20s who "resembles the popular rap artist Ice
The Chicago TV station owned and operated by CBS, WBBM-TV, subsequently
broadcast one of Ice Cube's videos when it reported the story on Monday night
The report stunned the rapper, who has just begun filming BARBERSHOP 2 in
Chicago and watched the news broadcast with his co-stars.
His spokesperson MATT LABOV says, "This is an unfortunate and hurtful
situation for Ice Cube. That his good name ever came up in association with the
events currently taking place in Chicago's Wicker Park area is damaging to Ice
Cube as a
father, husband and artist."
Police spokesman DAVID BAYLESS says, "We acknowledged the information
should not have been on the alert. We took immediate corrective action. We
apologize to Ice Cube for what was an honest mistake and came with no ill
The community alert was later reissued without a reference to Ice Cube.