The NYPD is calling B.S. on Desiigner's legal team claiming he was targeted for being black ... saying they arrested him because he committed a crime.
An NYPD official suggests to TMZ ... it's wrong to play the race card in a case like this because the man in the road rage incident who called 911 -- claiming Desiigner pointed a gun at him -- is Hispanic.
The official says, "There was a male Hispanic complainant who said he was menaced with a black firearm from individuals in the car. There was no targeting of him because he was black, NYPD arrested him because he committed a crime."
The intimation is clear ... this is not cops favoring white over black ... both parties in the alleged road rage incident were minorities, so the arrest was not racial.