4:25 PM PT -- We just got Star out in NYC who says the NYPD was absolutely the force that shut the event down. She said cops hounded school officials, telling them the event couldn't happen.
12:08 PM PT -- More bad news for Cardi -- another back-to-school giveaway planned for today in The Bronx has been canceled. She says the NYPD called it off due to safety concerns ... but she's flummoxed, claiming there haven't been any issues at similar recent events.
Cardi chooses her words about this cancellation a bit more carefully than she did Wednesday morning, but it's clear she's agitated and disappointed ... and offers an apology to the Highbridge school missing out on free school supplies.
She announced the giveaway a few days ago along with the now-postponed Brooklyn school event.
9:11 AM PT -- The NYC Department of Education is weighing in on the controversy and clarifying what exactly happened and why. A rep for the NYCDOE, Miranda Barbot, tells TMZ ... the event Cardi was ranting about is NOT canceled, but merely postponed for security reasons.
She tells us, "This is a misunderstanding and the event will not be canceled. The Principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy was not previously aware Cardi B was planning to attend her back-to-school event, and she was concerned there would not be enough security in place. We are working with the NYPD to make sure this event is a success, and they were not involved in canceling this event." That backs NYPD's understanding of the sitch.
The good news ... these kids are still gonna get their back-to-school drive. No harm, no foul?
8:39 AM PT -- NYPD had nothing to do with shutting down the back-to-school event in Brooklyn ... according to law enforcement sources. We're told the school shut it down, and cops were never involved ... they didn't know about the event until Cardi posted her rant.
We don't know if Cardi's gotten word about that, but she has deleted the IG post with her rant.
Cardi B is FUMING over the NYPD allegedly shutting down her pal's back-to-school event -- and speaking of fumes, she wants New York's finest to choke on hers.
The Bronx-born rapper went on a tear Tuesday night, calling out the NYPD for what she says were bullying tactics that effectively torpedoed her friend Star's school giveaway for kids coming back to school. Safe to say, CB's nuclear.
She claims the NYPD got ahead of this charitable event that was scheduled for later this month after they caught wind of it, called up the school principal and scared them into backing down. Cardi says she finds that "f***** up," seeing how Star paid out of pocket.
Not to mention the fact she was genuinely out to help the kids of this neighborhood.
Then, Cardi goes IN on the NYPD, saying ... "F*** you and motherf***ing suck a fart and suffocate on it. F*** you!!!" ending with a middle finger to the camera for good measure.