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LA Cops Sing Cruel Racist Song Celebrating the Death of Michael Brown

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 1.47.47 PMA song celebrating the killing of Michael Brown that was performed at a retired officer’s party during an Elk’s Lodge charity event has prompted the Los Angeles Police Department to launch an internal investigation, according to its chief’s statements on Tuesday.

Lodge member Gary Fishell sang the sordid tune to the melody of the ’70s hit “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce. The lyrics of the song were changed to blatantly disrespect the death of Michael Brown.

“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.”
The charity golf event, thrown by LAPD cop Joe Myers, consisted of about 60 attendees, half of whom were retired and current police officers.

Fishell, who reportedly works as a private investigator, admits that he only just realized that the song was “off-color and in poor taste,” according to sentiments his lawyer expressed to TMZ. “He’s a goofball who writes funny songs.”

When asked why Fishell would even thinking of mocking the tragic death of a young boy, his lawyer answered, “He thought the room would get a kick out of it.”

One attendee of the function was offended by the song and recorded it. The video has now been released to the public.

Glendale Elks Lodge is now trying to distance themselves from the Myers’ event. According to statements that a nameless trustee of the lodge told TMZ, the dinner was not an Elks Club affair and Myers, who is a member, was allowed to hold a dinner at the location.

This video has once again sparked Black Lives Matter protests and public anger. About 200 people marched in New York on Tuesday in response, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for protests to be suspended after two police officers were killed in their patrol car on Saturday in a revenge attack.

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7 thoughts on “LA Cops Sing Cruel Racist Song Celebrating the Death of Michael Brown

  1. Laurie Young says:

    I cannot imagine how anyone would think the death of a young man was funny or worthy of mocking. This man is not a "goofball," he is a disgrace and an insensitive, uncaring, thoughtless human being. I hope he never has to know the pain the Brown family is going through.

  2. Etheleen Lawrence says:

    I appreciate your feelings for the Brown family or any family who lose a loved one, especially the very young and the unexpected deaths. It's refreshing to she a Caucasian speak against a wrong when it's not a Caucasian, that has suffered a loss. I've heard so much evil from white people on these treads since Michael Browns killing, that I was beginning to think all white people were heartless and evil. Even though I knew differently. However, every now and then someone like yourself, who seems to have some understand and can feel another persons pain, reminds me that some do get it. Even if they are few and far between…at least some get it.

  3. Hwmk Psitg says:

    "…the tragic death of a young boy…"?

    What have you been smoking? Or, alternatively I guess, what color are you? "Tragic"? "Young boy"? Now THAT'S funny!

  4. Spencer Carpenter says:

    To be honest, I'm completely on the police side with the Brown shooting. The evidence clearly showed he was attacking the officer and had a hold on his service pistol. That's assault with a deadly weapon in any state.

    However this kind of behavior by police (of another department) is not just unprofessional, it's downright sickening.

    If an officer has to shoot someone in the line of duty, it's not a moment to be celebrated with 'goofball' humor.

    This is just one more reason that LAPD has the tarnished reputation it does.

  5. Rolf Hawkins says:

    So let me get this straight: a group of elitist, statist, self-indulgent thugs in uniform singing a song about the death of an elitist, stupid and self-indulgent thug—which doesn't actually contain any racial epithets or undertones- – – is upsetting you? One group of state-sanctioned criminals vs. a community-sanctioned criminal individual surprises and offends you?

  6. Jamal Hodges says:

    There was no clear evidence in the mike brown case only what they assumed to be true and what they say what happened. But all of the mike brown witnesses was disregarded lol funny

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