In 1988 rap group N.W.A came out with a song that would become one of the most iconic tools ever used to protest racial profiling and police brutality.
The song was off “Straight Outta Compton” and is of course called – “fuck tha police”.
Since then the song has been featured in countless movies, branded across t-shirts, and now…it’s on the radio.
Wait did we say radio?
We meant “police radio”, as in the medium law enforcement uses to communicate with police officers and send them to crimes around the city as they happen.
According to the Otago Daily Times, on January 9th the police got a call about a man pointing his gun at a motorist in Oamaru.
( This takes place in New Zealand- you know the country filled with picturesque natural scenery and inhabitants with those not quite British, not quite Australian accents? )
Yeah, that’s what’s up.
Anyway, the dispatch was trying to coordinate a squad car to go check out the situation- but instead of hearing coordinates over the radio, officers got to listen to “fuck tha police” instead.
it probably went a little something like this:
” This is dispatch. We got a 10-32 on”—–
Fuck the police! Comin’ straight from the underground
A young ni**a got it bad ‘cause I’m brown
And not the other color, so police think
They have the authority to kill a minority
Officer: ” I’m sorry. What did you say?”
Dispatch: I said we got a —
Pulling out a silly club, so you stand
With a fake-ass badge and a gun in your hand
But take off the gun so you can see what’s up
And we’ll go at it, punk, and I’ma fuck you up!
Officer: “Excuse me?”
Dispatch: “I’m not sure what’s going on! There’s a man with a gun threatening a–”
Searchin’ my car, lookin’ for the product
Thinkin’ every ni**a is sellin’ narcotics
You’d rather see me in the pen
Than me and Lorenzo rollin’ in a Benz-o
Dispatch: “Alright fuck this, I give up. They’ll probably be dead by the time you get out there anyway. Let’s just order some donuts and call it a day”.
Officer: “Roger that”.
Needless to say, the police were pretty pissed about this.
“There’s no question that if it carries on and if they do what they’re doing it will delay a response” a law enforcement representative commented.
“Any interference with a police radio constitutes a risk to public safety, and anyone caught doing this can face a penalty of criminal nuisance and up to one-year imprisonment.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time ” the law” has taken an issue with this song.
Back in 1988, Milt Ahlerich from the FBI penned a letter to N.W.A’s record company, stating his hatred for the song. In his letter he stated
“78 law enforcement officers were feloniously slain in the line of duty during 1988, and recordings such as those produced by N.W.A. are both discouraging and degrading to these brave, dedicated officers.”
As you can tell, this dude is clearly a self-righteous prick.
The FBI later came out and said the organization had no idea he had sent out the letter, and punished him for the rogue action, transferring him to a less important office.
( Wait, does this mean that F.B.I kind of sort of likes the song “Fuck tha Police?)
It just might.
While it probably shouldn’t be played on police radio stations, we hope to keep hearing it.