A 16-year-old kid from the Bronx blasted N.W.A.’s “F*ck Tha Police” out of his apartment window during the funeral service for slain Officer Miosotis Familia. Thousands of police officers had gathered for her funeral and were forced to listen to the song, on repeat, as the service began.
Julien Rodriguez, the teenager is question, said playing the song was “satisfying.” The New York Post reported that Rodriguez’s brother and best friend were killed by cops.
“Since they did not show respect for my brother and my friend, why should I show respect to them?” he asked.
Some 20 officers went to the apartment to convince Rodriguez to turn down the music. Rodriguez didn’t cut it off until the building superintendent threatened to evict him and his family. Rodriguez reportedly issued a forced apology.
“I apologized because it was between the house and apologizing,” he told the Post.
The audio onslaught had nothing to do with Officer Familia, who was gunned down as she sat in a command vehicle early on July 5th.
“I feel sympathy for that, because all she was trying to do was take bad people off the street,” Rodriguez said. “It was wrong because she did not do anything wrong, but at the same time, my bro and my best friend died for no reason.”
“This is the s–t we face every day,” one officer said.
Familia, a 48-year-old single mother-of-three, was killed by Anthony Bonds, 34, who had a history of espousing the same type of sentiment found in the N.W.A. song.
The shooting, like other killings of police officers, was racially motivated. That these officers are often minorities seems ironic to outside observers. “F–k tha Police” deals with the irony explicitly: “Black police showing out for the white cop/
Ice Cube will swarm/ On any motherf–ker in a blue uniform….”
For those who might need an N.W.A. refresher, he’s the original. As for Rodriguez, he’s looking for a new place to live. The Post reports he’s being evicted for the disturbance.