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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.

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. john cass December 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

    This is an outrage! W.H. you have obviously been remiss by not keep a statistic on this website of the “CPD unmarked cars that play audible music that offends pinheads”. Hang your head in shame, you insensitive bloghead. I expect better from you. Socialist wimps from Humboldt Park deserve to have their sensibilities kept intact. By you not keep a statistic on this grave offense, the internet online world is not aware of this daily affront on sensibilities – you have devastated hundreds of Humboldt Park human beings. Oh the humanity – oh the shame!

    • W.H.Thompson December 10, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      Actually, that would make for a funny chart. Good idea.

      • Dan December 11, 2014 at 8:14 am

        Ever see “Who’s the man?” Your suggestion comes to life in that movie.

        • Dan December 11, 2014 at 8:16 am

          This should have been in reply to W. Earp.

  2. W. Earp December 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

    They should have been playing some Rap Bullshit about whipin they Hoes , and sellin dope . That shit would have had them dancing !!

  3. a December 10, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    ripley’s or not – http://beyondtransparency.org/chapters/part-1/building-a-smarter-chicago/

  4. Dan December 11, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Now wait a minute here there is no proof that the vehicle in question belongs to the CPD. Since I going to guess the music was coming from the vehicle with the window 1/4 rolled down and I was unable to verify that there were members of the CPD in that vehicle. For all we know it could have been an average Joe/Jane who was stuck in traffic.

    In fact it could even have been JJ out there causing trouble. Oh wait no money to have been made from that little event he wouldn’t be there.

  5. fr. Marquette December 11, 2014 at 5:58 am

    Almost 60 people shot in ten days and this dude is objecting to the music. ..

  6. John Galt December 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I hope the car resembled The Blues Brothers’ with that gigantic speaker on top.

  7. Wolf December 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Ah, it is things like this that just make me homesick for the city of my birth and youth.
    Who is that screaming in the background around the middle to the end of the clip?? Sounds like the ape house at Brookfield Zoo.
    All those police vehicles at once on the streets. Are the cops afraid so they travel in groups?
    Oh and yes, I now live in L.A. ( Lower Alabama) AKA as the NW Florida Panhandle. Other than jet fighters training around here, life is quiet and peaceful.

  8. Frog December 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    One way to reduce the number of shootings is to close down all the streets. Of course, the city could build pill boxes on every corner. When the people gathered, they could hide inside and out of harm’s way. Fly drones overhead with hellfire missiles and use a sophisticated gun fire detection system that would target vehicles spewing gun fire.

  9. thomas December 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Gosh, let’s watch our political correctness. Wouldn’t want to offend the gangbangers and thugs. Sooooo glad I escaped Chicago nearly 30 years ago and moved to the south to escape this crap. Lots of home defense weapons here equals a whole lot less crime. Sweet Home South Carolina!

  10. DMS December 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Nice warm weekend coming, Great chance to really get a nice push on the
    holiday numbers.

  11. U'veGottoBeKiddingME December 13, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Hello taxpayers! Are you out there, check, check, is this damn speaker working? Hellooooo! This is the exact reason why no one can afford to visit Chicago, or really wants to anymore. What is being spent to keep idiots at bay is draining all of Illinois! The stupidity of all of this. How many cops were escorting a peaceful demonstration? So, all of the taxpayer’s money goes to clean up the shootings, the CTA assaults, the mega snatch and grabs “Neiman Marcus?” Mob attacks, etc. Imagine if you actually started to clean up Chicago then your taxes would not be spent solely on CRIME! How long before Alabama the band is banned from all record stores in Chicago? Huh? Seriously! BTW, Al Sharpton go back Morton Downey Jr., fraud days, please! Rant is done!

  12. Councilmember December 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    These are the same idiots that play records backwards and hear messages from the devil. Using similar thought process Bing Crosby must be a racist for singing White Christmas.

  13. SgtX December 15, 2014 at 6:10 am

    As I have pointed out over the past few days, Cop or no Cop, whoever was driving this car was simply following orders. If you have heard the song, which I suspect everybody has, the singer, Ronnie Van Zant, specifically says at the beginning, to “Turn it Up!”

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