The Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Group is launching a preliminary probe after a man’s voice was caught on video ridiculing Michael Brown’s death while singing a tune at a private dinner last week reportedly organized by a retired LAPD detective at the Elks Lodge in Glendale.
In the video, obtained by TMZ and published on its site Tuesday, a man identified as Elks Lodge member Gary Fishell reportedly sang the offensive lyrics that seemed to celebrate Brown’s death at the Dec. 15 dinner that followed a charity golf tournament.
Brown, an unarmed black teen who was suspected of stealing cigars at a store, was shot by then-Ferguson, Missouri, police Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, after an August confrontation in an incident that triggered angry but mostly peaceful protests around the country.
The dinner, the culmination of an annual charity golf event The Christmas Classic, was organized by retired LAPD detective and Elks Lodge member Joe Myers and was likely attended by dozens of mostly retired cops and civilians, according to Jerry Stephens, chairman of the board of trustees for the Glendale Elks Lodge #1289. It was a private rather than a lodge event, he said.
LAPD spokeswoman Meghan Aguilar said a man named Joe Myers did retire from LAPD in May 2007.
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The song was performed to the tune of the 1973 Jim Croce song “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and included the following:
“Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin’
With a badass policeman
And he’s bad, bad Michael Brown
Baddest thug in the whole damn town
Badder than old King Kong
Meaner than a junkyard dog
“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
“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.”