Above, a former federal law enforcement officer named Gary Fishell sings a song about Michael Brown at a charity party hosted by a former LAPD cop. Among the first audible lyrics: "He's bad, bad, Michael Brown/Baddest thug in the whole damn town/Badder than old King Kong." Somehow, it gets worse from there.
The song, which parodies Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown," was performed at a charity golf tournament hosted by retired LAPD officer Joe Myers earlier this month, and a recording was published by TMZ. The full recorded lyrics:
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
LAPD's Internal Affairs unit is investigating to determine whether any current officers were present at the party, TMZ reports. According to TMZ's source, there were active law enforcement officers in the crowd, but it isn't clear what agency they were with.
"How can I dictate what he [Fishell] says in a song?" Myers, the host of the event, told TMZ. "This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America."
If active LAPD officers were indeed present and found to have exhibited "conduct unbecoming of a police officer," they could face disciplinary measures from the department.