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DJ Fined For Playing Song In Bar During Police Raid

| by Sean Kelly
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A DJ was fined for playing the song "F**k tha Police" at a Massachusetts bar while police officers conducted a raid.

Kashawn Harris, known as DJ Boogy, was working at Shenanigan's Pub in Westfield, Massachusetts, in Oct. 2015 when police came into the overcapacity bar and began trying to clear the place out.

Harris then started playing the N.W.A. song "F**k tha Police," as an officer tried to get him to turn the music off, prompting the officer to write him a summons for disorderly conduct.

"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 of the incident.

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Mejias said she felt the bar was in a dangerous condition for the patrons at the time of the raid.

"While in the bar I could hear glass being broken," she wrote. "I observed shards of broken beer bottles on the ground, as well as liquid causing a dangerous slippery condition on the floor."

Officers attempted to get people to leave, but were having trouble due to the loud music.

Harris was reportedly in the middle of his DJ set when the fire marshal declared the bar to be over capacity. 

When he began playing the song, Mejias made eye contact with him, prompting him to turn the music off a short time later. Harris told MassLive that he was not trying to incite the crowd, and that the side of the bar he was on was already clear of people by the time he spun the song.

The particular event that night was a homecoming party for Westfield State University, of which Harris was an alumnus.

"I had no intention of inciting a riot," he told MassLive. "It was just college kids having fun."

The 26-year-old said he already had the song cued up before officers arrived and only played a small portion of it before he turned the music off. A month after the incident occurred, Harris received a summons.

"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 was found to be responsible for disorderly conduct on March 11, and ordered to pay the $50 fine.

In a similar incident in 2009, a DJ in England was fined for playing music too loud in his home and disturbing his neighbors. The 21-year-old was threatened with eviction following several complaints from neighbors about the volume of the music, Oxford Mail reported.

Sources: MassLive, Oxford Mail / Photo credit: Wikipedia

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