An alarming performance video has surfaced, poking fun of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed in Ferguson, MO, by a police officer.
The clip is of a performer who sang a song about the late teenager, at the Glendale, CA Elks Lodge. Reportedly, a performer sang for an audience who was in attendance for a charity event. Apparently, the song was a parody of “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown.” Gary Fishell, the performer and a member of the Lodge, changed the lyrics to:
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
According to TMZ, the event was for a charity golf event, thrown by retired LAPD Officer Joe Myers, a 32 year veteran who left the force in 2007. 50-60 people attended the dinner, and about half were police officers, most of whom were retired. The others were civilians.
Singer Gary Fishell is a P.I. who once worked as an investigator for the Federal Government. His lawyer tells TMZ, Fishell now realizes the song was “off color and in poor taste.” The lawyer adds, “He’s a goofball who writes funny songs.” We asked why Fishell would sing this in a room full of cops, and the lawyer replied, “He thought the room would get a kick out of it.”
Joe Myers tells TMZ, “How can I dictate what he [Fishell] says in a song?” Myers goes on, “This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America.” The video was recorded by someone who was in attendance at the event and was offended.
See the alarming clip on the next page.