Photo: Remember the 1992 LA riots–do we really want more 90s nostalgia? Police, please stop acting racist.
Today, some former and perhaps current members of everyone’s favorite bastion of racial harmony, the Los Angeles Police Department, have outraged most of America with a parody song performed during a charity party hosted by a former LAPD officer at an Elks Lodge in Glendale, California. Gary Fishell, a former federal law enforcement officer, performed a song mocking Ferguson police shooting victim, Michael Brown. It’s a parody of Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown” in which Fishell even compared Brown to “a roadkill dog.” TMZ recently obtained video of the song being performed to a party of 50-60 revelers, half of which were police officers. Although Fishell cannot be seen in the damning video, the entire song was captured. Here are the lyrics, in case you needed to throw up before hitting the town tonight.
Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin’ with a badass policeman
And he’s bad, bad Michael Brown, baddest thug in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong, meaner than a junkyard dog
Two men took to fightin’, and Michael punched in through the door
And Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese, his brain was splattered on the floor
And he’s dead, dead Michael Brown, deadest man in the whole damn town
His whole life’s long gone, deader than a roadkill dog
Fishell’s lawyer told TMZ that the former lawman and eternal fuck-head later realized the song was “off-color and in poor taste,” which is fancy legal jargon for “Holy Shit! Someone fucking taped me doing that?!” before adding that Fishell is “a goofball who writes funny songs,” presumably under the same pretense that reviled racist and ex-LAPD cop Mark Fuhrman has just always been a silly goose.
Retired LAPD officer Joe Meyers, who hosted the event defiantly defended Fishell, declaring “How can I dictate what he [Fishell] says in a song? This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America!”
Meyer’s use of “we” in the defense is interesting– especially when you take into account that many of “them” have repeatedly called for protestors across the country rallying for justice in the cases of Brown and Eric Garner to forget about that whole stupid 1st amendment thing. It would of course not be fair to argue against Fishell’s rights to sing a song, as revolting and deplorable as it is. Still, this video is yet more shocking ammunition to use by those outraged with American law enforcement as proof that there is still a very ugly and arrogant demeanor still lurking beneath the badge– while apparently remaining callously ignorant to the fact that the murders of Brown and Garner and the killer cops’ aquittals have now resulted in the murders of two cops in Brooklyn last week and many more threatening harm to police nationwide.
LAPD chief Charlie Beck says the department is now investigating the matter, stating: “I am aware of the video released via TMZ. Like many of you, I find it offensive and absurd. It does not reflect the values of the LAPD. I have directed our Professional Standards Bureau to look into this and determine if any active department employees were involves.”
Video of the song is below. I expect swift justice from the LAPD any moment now (jerk-off motion).