On this date in 1986, a 19 year old Bronx man by the name of Larry Davis was engaged in a shootout with over 25 NYPD officers who came after him in what appeared to be a murderous hit. For those that don’t know what makes this such a unique story is that Davis not only survived, but escaped unharmed long enough to tell his story to the FBI. Larry Davis was acquitted of the police shootings(six officers were critically injured), which was the only time anyone was acquitted for shooting an officer of the law in U.S. history.
Many people from urban communities around the country and the world have embraced Larry’s story, with BET opening up their third season of their American Gangster series with Davis’ ready for the silver screen life in the Bronx vs. the NYPD. In this era of police brutality and killings such as Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, Larry Davis represents an imaginative alternative to these circumstances. Many Hip Hop artists have also name dropped Davis in some of the most illest verses heard in the genre. Put together by his childhood friend and Hip Hop icon Shams Dabaron, here’s the most recognized Hip Hop name drops of most wanted man in the history of the NYPD.