Thousands of police officers had gathered for the funeral of Officer Miosotis Familia in New York when they heard a song they surely all know too well. A teenager in an apartment a few floors above took the opportunity to blast the N.W.A. classic “F–k tha Police” on repeat in an act of protest against the department.
Julien Rodriguez, 16, told the New York Post that he did so because his older brother and friend had each been killed by police officers.
“Since they did not show respect for my brother and my friend, why should I show respect to them?,” Rodriguez said.
The officers then made a show of force when about 20 officers went and knocked on his door and asked him to stop playing the music. One officer even reportedly spoke to him in Spanish and tried to relate over their shared experience of growing up Latino in New York City.
It was only when the building super got involved that Rodriguez agreed to turn off the music because he was afraid that he’d be kicked out the apartment.
“I apologized because it was between the house and apologizing,” he said.
Rodriguez went on to say that he felt sympathy for Familia’s death, when she as murdered by a man with a personal vendetta against police officers, but still hates cops himself.
“I feel sympathy for that, because all she was trying to do was take bad people off the street,” the teen said. “It was wrong because she did not do anything wrong, but at the same time, my bro and my best friend died for no reason.”
Unfortunately for Rodriguez and his quest to push back against police violence, the Post wasn’t able to find any evidence of police killing his brother and friend.
Who would’ve thought that a song made by a group of black teenagers in 1988’s Compton would have so much relevance for a Latino teenager in 2017’s Bronx?