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Police Brutality: Music Against Cops

by | 12th, August 2014

FILE - This file photo of Rodney King was taken three days after his videotaped beating in Los Angeles on March 6, 1991. King, the black motorist whose 1991 videotaped beating by Los Angeles police officers was the touchstone for one of the most destructive race riots in the nation's history, has died, his publicist said Sunday, June 17, 2012. He was 47. (AP Photo/Pool, File)

 

ANOTHER young black man has been killed by the police in America and there’s the all too familiar narrative to it all.

Vigils, pleas to be heard and unrest has ensued after Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer in Ferguson. Eye-witnesses have likened the killing to an execution and the policeman in question has been put on paid leave while officials investigate.

Of course, the list of people killed in controversial circumstances by US police forces is depressingly long and, of course, pop-culture has tracked and chronicled what’s happened.

With that, let us listen to some of the most effective tracks about police brutality some famous, some less so, and spare a thought for those who have been affected by the state killing their children.

 

 

Public Enemy ‘911 Is A Joke’

Public Enemy are the most successful group to align politics and music together. In ‘911 Is A Joke’, they expertly detail just how they the can’t trust law and order in America. A lot of things said by PE, even though the message is 20+ years old, are still appallingly true.

 

 

 

Hip Hop For Respect ‘A Tree Never Grown’

In February 1999, 23-year-old Guinean immigrant Amadou Diallo was shot to death by four NYPD police officers after the wallet he withdrew from his jacket was mistaken for a gun. The officers involved were acquitted. A veritable supergroup of black musicians (including Mos Def and Talib Kweli) got together for ‘Hip Hop For Respect’, and in blue-collar rock, Bruce Springsteen recorded American Skins (41 Shots) for the same cause.

 

 

 

Black Flag ‘Police Story’

Black Flag have always had a problem with the police and in ’81, the hit out at the authorities with this one-inch-punch of noise.

 

 

 

NWA ‘Fuck Tha Police’

NWA were never going to shy away from taking on the long arm of the law. The song foresaw the mass resentment towards the police that later exploded in

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