Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Latest Manufactured Outrage

  • A video apparently showing a Chicago police car blasting the song “Sweet Home Alabama” during a recent protest against police violence has sparked a CPD investigation.

    Gabriel Michael, a Humboldt Park resident, said he was at the West Side protest Saturday to take photos, but started capturing video once he heard the song coming from what appears to be an unmarked car in the police escort following the marchers.

    “Some of the lyrics in themselves aren’t racist … but I know it’s also been co-opted by groups, maybe bigoted groups, as an anthem of Southern pride and those Confederate-type values,” said Michael, 30. “That’s what was so jarring to me. To hear that playing from a police car at the end of a protest against police brutality and the murder of African-Americans, it was just jarring.”
Uh huh. It seems he sent it everywhere except to the Department or IPRA so an investigation could take place. It's so much easier to "prove" your case in the court of public opinion rather than in an actual investigation.

We saw the video - it looks like someone dubbed it in after the fact and then started spreading the video around. You can see this guy laying the groundwork for not having any actual witnesses:
  • Michael said that because most of the protesters were marching ahead of the police escort, he’s not sure how many heard the song, but people have echoed his concerns after the video surfaced.
No one complained until after the video surfaced. There were 200 marchers in one media report. And no one heard anything on scene. Funny how that happens.

Lynyrd Skynyrd had a Stars and Bars on an album cover - must be racist! It certainly isn't the band's fault some backward types co-opted the song as an anthem of base behavior. Their own words say it was in support of Neil Young's political activism against segregation. They wrote it. We assume they know what they're talking about.

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70 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most unmarked squad cars don't have PA systems.

12/10/2014 12:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unmarked cars don't have PA systems.

12/10/2014 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's still a GREAT song no matter what some people might say. I like Warren Zevon's version best.

12/10/2014 12:28:00 AM  
Blogger I Fart In Your General Direction said...

I've spent more than half my career in unmarked cars ranging from mid 80s LTDs up thru late 90s / early 2000s Crown Victorias.

You know how many of those unmarked cars had a PA system?

NONE.

Zip. Nada. Nilch.

And while not 100%, I'm quite confident that none of the unmarked vehicles of late are equipped with PA systems either.

So fuck off, Gabriel Michael.

May you one day soon be victimized by the savages you blindly champion you ignorant, uninformed asshole.

12/10/2014 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I said elsewhere - what, don't Alabama lives matter, too? Is it racist, or biased, or, or, or just MEAN, to think otherwise?

But, seriously, using doctored audio to manufacture an issue? Despicable.

12/10/2014 12:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now Retired...

It was suggested to break up crowds of rampaging youths to come in blasting LAWRENCE WELK MUSIC ...

No fooling, "Take it away boys...an a one an a two.."

Like any of you kids would know Lawrence Welk from John Philip Sousa.

12/10/2014 12:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alabama was about to kickoff the SEC Championship game, I don't see anything wrong with this ROLL TIDE!

12/10/2014 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Total BS, here! With the capability of today's Internet age, no way in hell any of our cars would play that on (pa) those sound bytes can be easily recorded onto any video and image having the proper applications and computer setups. There are lots of apps out there that do this kind of work, hell I video taped my 7 year old laughing and used an app to make him sound like a chimpmunk. Lots of laughs. Don't believe the hype😡👊

12/10/2014 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Freebird!!!!!!!!!!

I know, this wasn't an original thought, but I had to.

12/10/2014 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watched video...Very poorly dubbed audio of song..Asshole is trying to stir up shit and get his lying self-righteous yapper on some morning talk show...

12/10/2014 01:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they'd played Michael Jackson-Human Nature they would've said that was racist too.

12/10/2014 02:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FREEBIRD!

12/10/2014 02:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should of played "cop killer" by Ice T. instead?

12/10/2014 02:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Revolversaurus said...

I guess the haters will have to purposefully ignor the lyrics to "Curtis Lowe". It just would not do to have a song that reminisces about a young boy being influenced by and looking up to a black man and the sorrow he felt about the little regard that was shown at Curtis' passing. It is a love song of the purest kind. Ronny Van Zants' lyrics are haunting and Allen Collins acoustic slide work underpins the pain felt at the old mans passing.
I am guessing that those on the left would not be comfortable citing Curtis Lowe. It doesn't fit their purpose.

12/10/2014 05:29:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

They should have played The Electric Slide.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

12/10/2014 05:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not a big Skynard fan but that sound is one of the few I blast every time it comes on. I just like it. I guess I am a racist. Thanks for letting me know.

12/10/2014 06:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Tuscaloosa Tom said...

ROLL TIDE ROLL!

Watch the #1 ranked ALABAMA Crimson Tide blow out the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

SWEET HOME ALABAMA!

12/10/2014 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apart from the authenticity of the video, a northerner assuming to know the culture of the southerner is like a Jefferson park resident knowing what its like living in the west side ghetto.

12/10/2014 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

GO HOME! DON'T LOOT!

12/10/2014 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is what the "struggle" has come to. Blaming words and symbols are easier then discussing the personal responsibility problems that account for almost all of the self inflicted wounds the "poor" suffer from.
with the protests now winding down the liberals are at a complete loss where to go with this now. because only an honest conversation is left to discuss. And that can never happen because personal responsibility has to be part of that conversation.
And they know it. easier to blame the police

12/10/2014 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...turn it up!

12/10/2014 08:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To all the experts. Yes, some unmarked cars have PA's. There is no volume adjustment, but there is a mic. It was the year they came out with crown vics with the double led spot lights. That's a fact, Jack. Oh yeah, the unmarked Tahoes have them too.

12/10/2014 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sick of police constantly mentioned in the "murder of African americans," who kill each other with alarming frequency. Sounds like a douche still living in his parents basement at 30 and plays video games.

12/10/2014 09:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most of the PA systems in the cars don't work at all. I call BS on this story.

12/10/2014 09:11:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

I seriously doubt that any cop was playing this song over the squad car's loudspeaker. Because if they had someone in the crowd would have screamed out .....
..... 'FREE BIRD!' (rotfl)

12/10/2014 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But support of southern style music is racist.

12/10/2014 09:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess the University Of Alabama is racist because they play that song at every home football game. Also< I guess you can throw College Gameday in that category because they were blasting it on their broadcast from Tuscaloosa.
Roll Tide Roll!!!!!!!!!!!

12/10/2014 09:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New unmarks have pa's. Tahoes have radios and pa's. Still doesn't mean cops did it. Show me a second video and MAYBE I'll believe. N if it did happen so what. Drive thru any ghetto and you'll hear some asshole blastin some mirror rattling rap shit so get lost.

12/10/2014 09:24:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

>>> 12/10/2014 05:43:00 AM || The Keesing Bandit said...
>>> "They should have played The Electric Slide."

LOL. Good one.
(Though I kinda prefer 'Boot Scootin' Boogie')

12/10/2014 09:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How did they get a car with a PA system that works that well?

12/10/2014 09:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am beginning to believe the incident was FAKE, because if it had been true there would have been National Coverage, and the National Media has not picked it up.

12/10/2014 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ride of the Valkyries would have been awesome ......

12/10/2014 10:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well here's a question, Do unmarked cars have PA systems in them?

12/10/2014 11:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the complainer is from Humboldt Park, welcome to the world of 014. Home of the FALN, Socialists, Anarchists, Hispanic Housing and Bickerdike (Section 8 suppliers), and a dozen storefront law firms that sue/sue/sue.
I'll also bet a million bucks that the complainer is a registered Democrat. The complainer should also docor the POTUS birth certificate since he already knows how to doctor a video.

12/10/2014 11:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that song so now I'm racist??

12/10/2014 11:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there are two unmarked cars he has the video on

he claims the music was blasting with the windows down

I see the first car with all the windows up and one car with a window less than half way down

I call bullshit

12/10/2014 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There may be a reasonable explanation for this music to have been coming from one of the cars, and maybe people are overreacting and making assumptions. It's a really great song, honestly. But I also have to say I know the person who recorded this, and I can tell you he is 100% honest person and he has NOTHING against the police. He is a person who documents and photographs things often, and he was just sharing something he found notable. He had no idea it would become this big, but I promise you- he did not fabricate this video. Find another strategy to defend this if you must, but the video is real.

12/10/2014 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like racial profiling of white police officers to me.

How do they KNOW it came from the unmarked???

I didn't see any giant cartoonish musical notes emerge during the song like on Tom and Jerry.

Looks like they're trying to frame innocent police officers

12/10/2014 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger The Song Remains The Same said...

"The Ballad of Curtis Loew".
A classic!

12/10/2014 01:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think unemployment, broken families, reliance of government checks for sustenance, lack of male role models, homicides occurring by those who if the president had a son would look like the president killing those who would like another president’s son, substandard public educations, poverty, drug addiction/abuse and lack of employment opportunities within these urban communities are more of a priority. Instead we focus on music which neither hurts nor offends anyone except this extreme leftist utilizing Marxist modeled propaganda techniques to agitate the community.

12/10/2014 01:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought I heard Bing Crosby coming over a P.A. on State Street the other day. !!!

12/10/2014 01:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These guys are idiots, should have played GET A JOB

12/10/2014 03:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Nick Saban said...

Who are these Buckeyes of which you speak, 7:20 AM?

12/10/2014 04:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, wasn't Alabama playing a big game that day?

12/10/2014 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The recent events in Ferguson and NY are a direct result of the policies put forth by President L. Johnson's "Great Society". What it spawned was Generations of Poor people dependent upon Welfare and other Government entitlements.

Believe me, I have absolutely have no problem with giving people a helping hand , but these policies ,although failed, probably were intended to help until people could make it on their own.

Being a 27 yr retired veteran of the CPD,I have to think these failed Policies continued because Politicians realized that by discontinuing them or reducing them would alienate an ever growing percentage of the Electorate.

I worked years ago with a Black guy who grew up in the Cabrini Green Projects ( the 50's) and he told me his neighbors and friends were Irish, Italian, German And Jewish. He was a friend ,so I asked him why he thought that only the Blacks remained there. (1980's)? He stated" Unlike my Parents, both working people, a large percentage never had the upbringing to go out and make it on their own".

Take from this what You will and see if makes sense to you . Thank you for the Rant.

12/10/2014 05:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Loop, 97.9, was playing the song on the radio, and possibly the officer's leg keyed the mic on accident. Happens all the time with officers due to the equipment being worn and the tight quarters in the vehicles. With that explanation, tell me how anybody could get in trouble for a rule violation?

12/10/2014 05:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep...they are so traumatized KFC has also used this song in commercials, so where was the outrage?

12/10/2014 05:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't hear the song over the chants of "fuck the police".

12/10/2014 06:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would have played "who let the dogs out". Woof woof woof

12/10/2014 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Must be the only unmarked in the fleet with a PA system. All IPRA would have to do is find that 1 car. Unfounded.

12/10/2014 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not very professional.

12/10/2014 07:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am beginning to believe the incident was FAKE, because if it had been true there would have been National Coverage, and the National Media has not picked it up.

12/10/2014 10:06:00 AM

It was on DRUDGE.

12/10/2014 09:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These guys are idiots, should have played GET A JOB

12/10/2014 03:20:00 PM

I like "Get a real job" by MOD.

12/10/2014 09:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Apart from the authenticity of the video, a northerner assuming to know the culture of the southerner is like a Jefferson park resident knowing what its like living in the west side ghetto.

12/10/2014 08:17:00 AM

OH HAIL YEAH!!!!

--No Cop Here

12/10/2014 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gabriel Michael stated " it was jarring". Boo hoo! I hope you will be able to sleep at night you loser! You sir a pathetic individual!

12/11/2014 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about "Black Betty" by ram jam

12/11/2014 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bet Gabriel (fucktard) Michael has a mugshot somewhere. Let's find it.

12/11/2014 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No victim no crime!

12/11/2014 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Like any of you kids would know Lawrence Welk from John Philip Sousa."

12/10/2014 12:57:00 AM

Welk was the one with the "Dancing Champagne Bubbles Machine," or whatever it was called.

"Take it away boys...an a one an a two.." and here came the suds...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb6oHScDejI

Whee!

12/11/2014 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once saw 24 dist. wagon driving around in circles in the intersection of Devon/Broadway, playing circus music over their PA.

One of those nights, I guess...

12/11/2014 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we make the band members of "Alabama" honorary CPD officers?

12/11/2014 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that was real the sound waves from a 100 watt PA would be bouncing/echoing off the other cars and probably the buildings. I doubt if a west/sider would know who Lynrd Skynrd is, but nevertheless, it sounds made up.

12/11/2014 02:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unmarked cars 10 years ago didn't have PA systems. But all the new crown vics have them now. And if this was a made up scenerio fabricated by this guy, then the PO wouldnt have confessed. Stupid move. Brings unneeded attention to us and gives the animals something more to dwell on rather than trying to live by the rules of society. Hopefully it is a slap on the wrist, but in our beloved department, they love making examples of cops.

12/11/2014 06:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like somebody got disciplined. He says he was a Roll Tide fan, and, as a fellow Roll Tide fan, I get it. You just gotta play that song loud, and sing along, too. You're compelled. Of course, some dick at the SPLC says he doubts the cop is an Alabama fan because, as we know, those attorneys at the SPLC have ESP.

But, on a serious note. Is the Loop radio station going to be banned from playing "Sweet Home Alabama?" Is this what we are coming to in America?

Clearly, people have not heard the song The Ballad of Curtis Loew, and don't realize that LS played at some Jimmy Carter shindig when he was running for president.

We really are turning into an Idiocracy, aren't we?

12/11/2014 07:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cpd-disciplines-officer-after-sweet-home-alabama-song-played-at-protest-20141211-story.html

12/11/2014 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It happened, the officer came forward and is facing a 10 day suspension.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cpd-disciplines-officer-after-sweet-home-alabama-song-played-at-protest-20141211-story.html

12/11/2014 08:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

“Sweet Home Alabama” has been “a kind of neo-Confederate anthem” for years, according to Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights organization. The 1974 song was written in response to Neil Young’s song “Southern Man,” which has lyrics about racism and slavery.

Potok dismissed the theory that police were playing the song in support of the University of Alabama football team, which played that day.

“It certainly does look like the officers were taunting the marchers,” he said. “I suppose there’s a tiny chance that these officers were huge University of Alabama fans, but I kind of doubt it.”

What the fuck does this jagoff know about who is and who isn't an Alabama fan. Besides, Neil Young's "Southern Man" was a slap in the face to southern men, while Lynard Skynard's song was a slap back to Neil Young.

Go Crimson Tide!

12/11/2014 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10 day suspension for this. Probably the quickest suspension ever handed down.

12/11/2014 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Gran Torino said...

Could they next time maybe doctor a vid up with some Johny Cash... or the Eagles...maybe a little hotel california acoustic version?

12/11/2014 11:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Once saw 24 dist. wagon driving around in circles in the intersection of Devon/Broadway, playing circus music over their PA.

One of those nights, I guess...

12/11/2014 11:44:00 AM

The hearse for that one car clown funeral...

12/12/2014 01:20:00 PM  

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