Hunters Point rap video shoot interrupted by police, two arrested 

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  • Several people shooting a rap video in Hunters Point were detained by police on Sunday.

Two men were arrested in Hunters Point on Sunday while they were reportedly involved in the making a rap video.

About 5 p.m., officers were on patrol on Hunters Point Hill near the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club when they saw a man with a semi-automatic pistol walk into crowd of men filming a rap video, said police spokesman Albie Esparza.

After telling the crowd to put their hands up, the officers arrested a man in a black hoody for being a felon in possession of a fire arm. The pistol was loaded and the man -- Taj Williams, 20, of Richmond -- is a convicted felon.

Everyone in the crowd was detained and searched, said Esparza. Michael Higginbotham, 23, of San Francisco was also arrested for possession of narcotics – rock coke. Everyone else was released after being detained.

The incident was caught on tape and has since been posted to Youtube, which has spread across social media.The footage shows about 15 men in the middle of filming the video. When police arrive, including plainclothes officers as well as housing project officers, everyone is searched and cuffed. About seven or eight officers are in the video.

“I can certainly understand where all these social media concerns are coming from, but at the end of the day this person is not supposed to have a gun,” said Esparza.

A more detailed account of the incident came from the district station.

Before officers spotted the man with a gun, they saw the crowd, many who are associated with the Big Block gang according to Bayview Station's newsletter.

When officers asked what the crowd at Harbor and Northridge was doing, they were told the group was getting ready to film a rap video. Then the officers left the young men along but waited not far from the scene and observed.

"One of the members of the group was seen producing a handgun and racking a round into the chamber. None of the subject around him appeared alarmed at the sight of the gun," noted the newsletter. That is when the officers moved in and detained the group, arresting Williams and Higginbotham.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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