The New York Police Department is investigating an alleged police brutality incident based on claims that rapper Special Ed (a.k.a. Edward Archer) and his brother, Andrew, were assaulted by undercover officers in their Brooklyn, N.Y., home.
"The incident is currently under investigation," NYPD public information office spokeswoman Cheryl Cox said Tuesday.
Cox added, however, that "very little is known right now."
Special Ed, 26, and his brother are accusing Brooklyn police of pistol-whipping them after their father filed a harassment complaint based on an incident in which undercover officers were allegedly denied access to the family's backyard while chasing a suspect. The brothers are reportedly planning to file a suit against the department.
Cox said the incident took place on the night of July 28 at the Archer family home in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn.
According to the complaint filed by Geravase Archer, Special Ed's father, men identifying themselves as undercover police officers asked the rapper for permission to chase drug dealers through the family's backyard. After Special Ed denied the request, Geravase Archer alleges that the officers became abusive.
The senior Archer then filed a complaint in the 67th Precinct of Flatbush.
A story in Monday's New York Post reported that Special Ed is alleging that, after learning of his father's complaint, the same officers returned to the family's home later that night, forcibly entered the property and pistol-whipped him and his older brother, Andrew, 27.
That same Post story reported that the rapper was planning to file a lawsuit and had hospital records to back up his claim. Calls to the Archer family home were not returned by press time and neither were calls to Special Ed's attorney, Arthur Lewis.
Special Ed first hit the hip-hop scene in 1987 with Youngest In Charge. The album spawned several songs that are widely considered to be among the best from that era, including "I Got It Made" and "Taxing."
He followed that album up with 1990's Legal and 1995's Revelations. In between albums, Special Ed teamed up with fellow rappers Masta Ace and Buckshot to perform as the Crooklyn Dodgers on the soundtrack to the Spike Lee film "Crooklyn." He also has appeared in the urban drama "Juice" and on "The Cosby Show."