The Los Angeles Police Department has launched a full-out investigation regarding a rather sickening parody song relating to the death of Michael Brown, which took place a week ago and was captured on film. Said event took place in Glendale, California, at the popular Elks Lodge venue.
This past Monday, a retired LAPD officer by the name of Joe Myers organized a charity golf competition, followed by a dinner that took place shortly afterwards. Myers is a 32-year-old veteran who took his leave from the police force around seven years ago, back in 2007. There is said to have been between 50-60 individuals present at the event, and the majority of them were reported to be retired cops as well. The rest were said to be civilians.
A singer named Gary Fishell was the man behind the mic during said offensive song parody, a private investigator whose former work included a long stint with the Federal Government. The original tune behind the remake was that of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, and he reworked the lyrics to detail the fatal shooting of the 18-year-old African American in Ferguson, Missouri. The parody was, to say the least, less than sensitive to the friends and family of the deceased. The lyrics made something of a mockery of the way in which Brown had died, stating that his death was the result of his having thought he could mess with authorities and get away with it. Essentially, Fishell sang that Brown had gotten exactly what he deserved and those considering breaking the law would hopefully now think twice given what they knew about the consequences in doing so.
Both Fishell’s lawyer and Joe Myers himself have since spoken out on the scandal, both of them giving varying statements on the matter. The laywer, who has yet to have his first or surname revealed, gave a statement to TMZ shortly after the incident in which he defended his client significantly. He attributed the reason behind his client’s decision to sing such a song as relating to his tendency to be a “goofball” and insisted that Fishell was under the impression that the room would enjoy such a song.
Myers spoke to TMZ and went a slight bit further in his defending the event that went down, dissociating himself completely with what the former officer had done. He stated that he did not feel he would have any way of controlling or dictating what Fisher said or did during the party, and defending the man’s choice by stating that it was a free country and people could say whatever they felt like and express whatever opinion came into their mind without being scrutinized.
Others present at the Elks Lodge, however, clearly had a different opinion. Indeed, one of the individuals who attended the event (it is not yet known whether or not it was a former police officer or civilian who recorded the singing of said parody), felt so offended by the lyrics towards Brown’s death that they decided to tape it and subsequently publish it online in order to garner public attention towards it.
It remains to be seen what will become of the LAPD’s recent investigation towards Gary Fishell’s rather insensitive parody regarding the death of Michael Brown. More information on the matter has yet to be revealed.
Opinion by Rebecca Grace