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Video: Cops At Charity Event Treated To An Appalling Song About Michael Brown's Death

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A video has surfaced of a private investigator regaling cops with a song about Michael Brown's death at an event in Glendale last week.

Sources told TMZ that retired LAPD Officer Joe Myers threw a dinner that followed a charity golf tournament last Monday at the Elks Lodge, and about half of the guests in attendance were cops, and of those officers, most of them were retired. It's not clear which law enforcement agency these officers belong to, but the LAPD is reportedly investigating whether members of its force were in attendance at the event.

TMZ got their hands on a video recording of the event where you can hear a man whom they identify as Gary Fishell—a private investigator who once worked for the federal government—singing. Although the clip is a little blurry and you can only see people sitting and watching a performance, you can clearly hear the lyrics being sung on stage—they're just appalling.

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Fishell decided to sing a parody of Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," titled "Bad, Bad Michael Brown," and changed up the lyrics. Protests broke out around the country after a grand jury made the decision to not indict white Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Brown, unarmed black teen, in Ferguson, Missouri.

A sampling of some of the disturbing lyrics include:

Two men took to fightin' And Michael punched in through the door And Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese His brain was splattered on the floor

He reportedly kept certain lyrics from the original song like calling Brown "badder than old King Kong and meaner than a junkyard dog."

Fishell's lawyer, Joe Myers, told TMZ that his client now realizes that the song was "off color and in poor taste," but that he's just a dude who likes writing funny songs.

Myers added, "This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America."