To The FauxOutrageMobile!
Posted on December 10, 2014
In the latest attempt to stir up trouble, the above video has been making the rounds as the latest piece of evidence that all cops are racists or something:
“A video apparently showing a Chicago police car blasting the song “Sweet Home Alabama” during a recent protest against police violence has sparked a CPD investigation.
Gabriel Michael, a Humboldt Park resident, said he was at the West Side protest Saturday to take photos, but started capturing video once he heard the song coming from what appears to be an unmarked car in the police escort following the marchers.
“Some of the lyrics in themselves aren’t racist… but I know it’s also been co-opted by groups, maybe bigoted groups, as an anthem of Southern pride and those Confederate-type values,” said Michael, 30. “That’s what was so jarring to me. To hear that playing from a police car at the end of a protest against police brutality and the murder of African-Americans, it was just jarring.”
Get over it Gabe. How about focusing some of that “outrage” towards any of the statistics shown on this site. We will end the year with 2,500 people shot and 440 dead, but the faux outrage of the moment is a 40yr old song that shares a title with a Hollywood movie.
UPDATE: This reminds us of this story from last year.
UPDATE 2: Offensive song playing cop clearance rate is now 100%, phew…: Chicago Police officer disciplined after playing ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ during protest.
PS – Word is, most, if not all unmarked cars do NOT have PA systems. Go figure.