A rapping NYPD officer whose lyrics about trigger-happy white cops snowballed into a discrimination lawsuit against the department feels more empowered than ever to speak out against racism, she said — and claims her white colleagues now support her controversial lyrics.
Midtown North cop Atisha Samuel can’t join in the anti-police brutality protests rocking NYC and the globe, she told The Post, but continues to “protest in my own way.”
“I walk into work with a shirt like this saying ‘Unite Against Racism,’” Samuel explained In a video posted to her “Nukstarr” Instagram account. “I’m enlightening my coworkers, letting them know how much we’ve been oppressed as a people and what they need to do to do better.”
Samuel sued the department last year after facing backlash over an online 2016 music video in which she rapped, “It’s the war against the white man on the beat — with his handguns, quick to pull out on a n–-ga if he dare run.”
Some cops in her stationhouse were offended by the lyric, and tormented her as a result, she claims in a discrimination lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court in July 2019 seeking unspecified damages.
In at least one instance, supervisors did not send backup when Samuel and her partner responded to a call of a violent emotionally disturbed person, she claims in court papers.
Another colleague refused to give Samuel any union cards, telling her, “You should be ashamed. I saw the video, you talking about hating white cops. You are a disgrace. You should resign.”
Now, the message in Samuel’s video — what she describes as denouncing “violence in the black community as a whole, from our own people and law enforcement” — is being echoed worldwide, Samuel said.
“For it to come out now and be an even bigger movement, it’s definitely been a long time coming, and it needed to happen,” she said. “Now that it is making its way back around again on an even larger platform, it gives me the reassurance I’m standing up for the right cause.”
While the three-year veteran said she supports protests against racist cops, she condemned recent attacks against officers and the movement to “defund” the police.
“Of course I don’t want to be defunded, and I don’t think it is going to fix the problem of racism in America,” she said. “The random attacks on police officers, I think that is terrible, because that could be me.”
Samuel, 28, whose lawsuit is scheduled for mediation, continues to moonlight as a rapper and maintain an active social media presence in between patrols.
In one video posted to her Instagram page, the Queens native is pictured sprinkling cash on the backside of a barely-clothed female dancer.
“I put it on for my ‘hood, Exit 13,” she raps, referring to Southern State Parkway Exit 13 to Elmont. “This that beat that make my new bitch bring me a new bitch, yeah. If she toppin’ me, it means a lot to me, if she can put me straight to sleep like she rockin’ me.”
Samuel said she has no regrets about the 2016 video.
“Those are my beliefs. The only thing I am bothered by is the lack of understanding from the officers who felt like I was declaring a war, because that was never anything I was doing. I was speaking about the violence against my people,” she said.
Not all cops “misinterpreted” the lyric, she said.
“The white friends I have in the department … the ones who know me and know black culture, they completely understand,” she said. “I guess it’s just a lot of cops I work with and a lot of cops in the department, they have a lack of understanding, and that’s where the problem is.”
She is still facing retaliation, her lawyer said.
“What they have done recently, is they have taken her partner and have just been pairing her with random police officers,” Chris Albanese said, adding that the animosity hasn’t diminished Samuel’s passion for policing.
“She grew up a young African American in New York … afraid of police, so she wanted to go to the police force so that that young girl could feel comfortable going to a police officer.”
Samuel declined to address NYPD policies specifically, but her lawyer Vincent White pointed out the irony in targeting a young, black female cop.
“As much de Blasio wants to pretend to care about the Black Lives Matter movement when he’s painting a street for the cameras … he has taken no action to help officers like Atisha who are risking their lives to change the system from the inside,” he said.
Samuel said, “I’m a proud, strong African American lesbian woman. I’m like the full trifecta of change, and I will continue to use my voice for change.”