The Chicago Police Department apologized to Ice Cube Tuesday (July 22) after issuing an alert that described the suspect in a series of sexual assaults as looking like the rapper, who is in Chicago filming "Barbershop 2."
Over the weekend police described the suspect as a black male in his mid-20s, who "resembles the popular rap artist Ice Cube." When the local television station WBBM-TV, which is owned and operated by CBS, aired the statement on Monday, they accompanied the alert with footage from one of Ice Cube's videos.
A spokesperson for the televison station admitted that the station used the video but said that the inclusion of Ice Cube's name came directly from the police-issued community alert.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Police said, "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 intent."
The alert was reissued without the reference to the rapper.