Members of the Elks Lodge in Glendale, California are outraged after a former police officer hosted a charity event that compared slain teen Michael Brown to a “roadkill dog.”
In a video obtained by TMZ, a singer can be heard parodying “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” with racist lyrics mocking Brown.
“Michael Brown learned a lesson about a messin’ / With a badass policeman,” lodge member Gary Fishell sings. “And he’s bad, bad Michael Brown / Baddest thug in the whole damn town / Badder than old King Kong / Meaner than a junkyard dog.”
The song continues: “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 hosted by retired LAPD Officer Joe Myers, and about half of the 50-60 attendees were officers. The gathering was part of an annual charity golf tournament.
Fishell, who is a former federal investigator, later realized that the song was “off color and in poor taste,” his lawyer told TMZ.
“He’s a goofball who writes funny songs,” the lawyer remarked, adding that Fishell thought that the roomful of police officers “would get a kick out of it.”
For his part, Myers refused to show any remorse for the song.
“How can I dictate what he [Fishell] says in a song?” Myers said. “This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America.”
A trustee of the Glendale Elks Lodge said that many members were upset over the song.
“It’s deplorable and inappropriate and the Lodge will take disciplinary action against [Fishell] and possibly the people who organized this event,” the trustee warned. “We don’t stand for any racist things like this.”
Watch the video below from TMZ.