LAPD Investigates Michael Brown Parody at Retired Cop’s Party

LAPD Investigates Michael Brown Parody at Retired Cop’s Party

In this Sept. 18, 2010 file photo, officers on bicycles keep watch as demonstrators protesting several incidents of alleged Los Angeles Police Department brutality, including the fatal shooting of Manuel Jamines a month ago, stand outside the LAPD's Rampart Station in the Westlake district of Los Angeles. Police departments across the U.S. are using technology to try to identify problem officers before their misbehavior harms innocent people, embarrasses their employer, or invites a costly lawsuit,  from citizens or the federal government.  The Los Angeles Police Department agreed to set up their $33 million early warning systems after the so-called Rampart scandal in which an elite anti-gang unit was found to have beaten and framed suspected gang members. The system was then implemented in 2007. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
In this Sept. 18, 2010 file photo, officers on bicycles keep watch as demonstrators protesting several incidents of alleged Los Angeles Police Department brutality, including the fatal shooting of Manuel Jamines a month ago, stand outside the LAPD’s Rampart Station in the Westlake district of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

 

(Los Angeles Times) – The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a preliminary investigation into a video that has emerged of a song that plays on the shooting death of Michael Brown. It was sung at a party thrown by a retired LAPD officer.

Police confirmed to the Los Angeles Times the investigation into the video, on which can be heard a parody of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” that refers to the Ferguson, Mo., 18-year-old and includes lines such as, “His brain was splatter on the floor.”

The song was sung during a recent party hosted at the Glendale Elks Lodge by a retired LAPD officer, police said.

“I am aware of the video released via TMZ. Like many of you, I find it offensive & absurd. It does not reflect the values of the #LAPD,” Chief Charlie Beck tweeted. “I have directed our Professional Standards Bureau to look into this & determine if any active department employees were involved.”

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