DJ Fined for Playing N.W.A’s “F*@k tha Police” as Officers Clear Out Bar
While the sentiment shared in N.W.A's "Fuck tha Police" is perhaps at an all time high given the prolonged string of police violence, one Massachusetts DJ has learned the hard way that playing such a song while police are present can lead to potential trouble.
Last October, DJ Boogy was spinning at Shenanigans Pub in Westfield, Mass. when police began to clear out the overcrowded bar, masslive.com reports. Boogy, whose real name is Kashawn Harris, then played the N.W.A classic, earning himself a summons for disorderly conduct in the process.
"I believed at that time the combination of alcohol, the excessive amount of people in the bar and the song that the DJ chose to play at that time was an intentional act by the DJ to incite the crowd which showed a reckless disregard for public safety," Officer Juanita Mejias wrote in her report.
But Harris, who was found responsible for disorderly conduct on March 11 and ordered to pay a $50 fine, denies any such intention, saying that he had the song cued up before police even arrived. "I had no intention of inciting a riot," Harris said. "It was just college kids having fun." He received a court summons a month later, only then realizing he was being prosecuted.
"For them to even think I was trying to start riots was frustrating for me," he said. "That's not my kind of background, that's not where I come from."
Harris is an alumnus of Westfield State University who typically DJs at weddings, college events and Club Zone in Springfield. Read the full story over at Mass Live.
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