AFRICANGLOBE – A former federal investigator and a retired Los Angeles police officer outraged members of a charity gathering where the former performed a song about Ferguson police shooting victim Michael Brown that compared him to “road kill.”
Some 60 attendees at a charity event at an Elks Lodge in Glendale, California listened as Gary Fishell, a lodge member and former federal investigator, sang a parody of Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” using the context of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
The songs lyrics included: “Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin’ with a badass policeman,” “He’s bad, bad Michael Brown, baddest thug in the whole damn town. Badder than old King Kong. Meaner than a junkyard dog,” and “he’s dead, dead Michael Brown, deadest man in the whole damn town. His whole life’s long gone. Deader than a roadkill dog.”
Gossip site TMZ obtained a smartphone recording of the performance. It was recorded by an attendee who was offended by the song, according to the website. TMZ says that song performance was part of an annual golf charity tournament organized by a retired Los Angeles cop named Joe Myers, who left the department in 2007.
A trustee of the lodge, calling the song “deplorable and inappropriate” said that many members were upset by it and that the lodge will launch an investigation and take likely disciplinary action against the events organizers and Fishell. The Elks Lodge said that the charity event was not an event of the organization, but by Myers, who is an Elks member.
“We don’t stand for racist things like this,” claimed the trustee.
Myers, however, refuses to apologize for the performance.
“How can I dictate what he says in a song?” Myers said referring to Fishell. “This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America.”
Fishell, however, is remorseful about the song. His lawyer told TMZ that he later realized the song was “off color and in poor taste,” but at the time he thought the event’s attendees, which included many of police officers “would get a kick out of it.”
By: Cliff Weathers