Law enforcement officials outraged about rapper Ice-T's song "Cop Killer" have called for a boycott of Warner Brothers Records and Time Warner Inc. for publishing the song.
"What we can't believe is that people who are in the business of entertaining the public would enter into a business relationship that would jeopardize the lives of the men and women that police our communities," Mark Clark of the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas said Wednesday.Officials of Austin-based CLEAT have scheduled a Thursday news conference to give details of the boycott. Among the targets of the boycott is Time Warner's Six Flags Over Texas, a huge theme park in Arlington.
Texas police are not alone in their concern about the song, Clark said. "We've heard from police groups from around the country."
Among the lines police are concerned about are lyrics that say, "I got my 12-gauge sawed off. I got my headlights turned off. I'm 'bout to bust some shots off. I'm 'bout to dust some cops off."
In a statement, Warner said, "Time Warner is committed to the free expression of ideas for all our authors, journalists, recording artists, screenwriters, actors and directors. We believe this commitment is crucial to a democratic society, where the full range of opinion and thought - whether we agree with it or not - must be able to find an outlet."