A charity event for retired and current cops, including the LAPD, took a racist turn a week ago Monday when a singer crooned a parody of Michael Brown's death at an Elks Lodge in Glendale, California.
According to TMZ (video below), private investigator Gary Fishell used Jim Croce's classic tune "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown," but changed the lyrics to mock the unarmed teen who was slain in Ferguson, Missouri, back in August.
The Free Thought Project notes the lyrics included, "Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin' with a badass policeman ... 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."
Fishell's lawyer told TMZ that his client now understands the song was "off color and in poor taste."
"He's a goofball who writes funny songs," added the attorney. "He thought the room would get a kick out of it."
Joe Myers, a retired LAPD Officer who ran the event, told TMZ, "How can I dictate what he [Fishell] says in a song? This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America."
However, a trustee for the Elks Lodge countered, "It's deplorable and inappropriate and the Lodge will take disciplinary action against [Fishell] and possibly the people who organized this event. We don't stand for any racist things like this."