N.W.A., dubbed as “The World’s Most Dangerous Group”, made waves in 1988 after the release of their album “Straight Outta Compton”. It seems like the world still agrees with their message 30 years later.
Prank Gone Too Far?
Over the weekend, cops in Dunedin, New Zealand were forced to listen to N.W.A.’s notorious hit “Fuck Tha Police” (and a cover version by Rage Against the Machine) on loop after an anonymous person (or group) illegally broadcasted the song on law enforcement radio frequencies. There’s definitely some dark humor instilled in what was probably a prank, but Dunedin Police Inspector Kevin Lloyd didn’t find it so amusing. Other than the fact that his law enforcement colleagues had to hear a track surrounding police brutality, the stunt interfered with police communication.
According to Inspector Lloyd, the police were in the middle of a coordination in response to a man pointing a firearm at motorists. He told the Otago Daily Times that the prank was “putting people in danger,” and that “There’s no question that if it carries on and if they do what they’re doing it will delay a response.” Any interference with a police radio actually counts as a risk to public safety and those behind it can face a penalty of criminal nuisance and up to one year imprisonment. Inspector Lloyd doesn’t believe that whoever is behind the act is using official police equipment as there have been no reports of missing radios. This could be the same offender(s) who broadcasted pig grunts and abuse over police radios in the lower North Island last August, although that’s simply speculation.
“Fuck Tha Police” 30 Years Later
N.W.A. member Ice Cube spoke to Billboard in 2015 about the song. The group originally wrote about the police brutality they experienced as African-Americans in their hometown of Compton, and how the police were the last ones they called despite the horrific number of criminal activity in the area. Dr. Dre didn’t even want to put the song on the LP, but after he and the late Eazy-E were harassed by the LAPD for playing with paintball guns, he changed his mind. They used the protest song to combat the routine of police brutality and racism they experienced as youngsters, but 30 years later many still find the song to be appropriate.
Pranks are all fun and games but when somebody gets hurt, that’s when it crosses the line. Maybe these guys should find the time to do it when no one’s being shot at. For now, I guess we can snicker.
Featured image from the Los Angeles Times