Smartass DJ Fined For Playing 'F--- Tha Police' As Cops Tried To Clear Bar
A Massachusetts DJ has been fined $50 for trolling cops with the song "F— tha Police" as they cleared out an overcrowded bar. Nice.DJ Boogy (real name: Kashawn Harris) was spinning tunes for an unofficial alumni party for local colleges in Westfield, Massachusetts when officials dropped by to shut down the whole gig. According to MassLive.com, Shenanigans Pub was over double the capacity on the evening of October 17 when the police and fire department arrived. Police say when they asked Harris to shut the music off, he began playing the classic hip-hop track.
"I believed at that time the combination of alcohol, the excessive amount of people in the bar and the song that the DJ chose to play at that time was an intentional act by the DJ to incite the crowd which showed a reckless disregard for public safety," wrote Westfield Police Officer Juanita Mejias in her report.
Harris says they got it all wrong, and claims the song was already queued up before the police arrived. Suuuuuure. "I had no intention of inciting a riot," he told MassLive. "It was just college kids having fun."
Harris wasn't even aware of the citation until a month later when he received a court summons. On March 11, the court found him responsible for disorderly conduct and hit him with a $50 fine.
"F— tha Police," one of N.W.A's most controversial songs, has gotten the Compton rap group themselves in trouble a few times. After the release of the album Straight Outta Compton, their record label received a sternly worded letter from then-assistant director of the FBI office of public affairs Milt Ahlerich, who wrote, "Advocating violence and assault is wrong, and we in the law enforcement community take exception to such action." However, the controversy only helped the group sell more records. As Dr. Dre said on Behind The Music, "I have to say thanks to that FBI agent that wrote us that letter... you made us a lot of money."
At a concert in Detroit in 1989, the group was warned by local police to not perform the song. They went ahead and did so anyway. While the group's biopic, also titled Straight Outta Compton, shows them being arrested by cops waiting for them as they were leaving the arena, in reality they got a stern talking to.
Here, enjoy listening to "F— tha Police" without any chance of repercussion!