For obvious reasons, NWA’s “F-ck Tha Police” has become the definitive anti-law enforcement anthem of the past 30 years. Now, somebody has managed to infiltrate New Zealand police radio frequencies and abuse that access by broadcasting the song. Since officers need to keep a close ear on their radios, they’re being forced to listen to the song while on duty. Whoever is doing this has also broadcast a Rage Against The Machine cover of the song.
Although this story makes for a funny headline, Inspector Kelvin Lloyd spoke with the Otago Daily Times about the situation and said that this prank is actually “a risk to public safety”:
“It was putting people in danger. There’s no question that if it carries on and if they do what they’re doing, it will delay a response. […] Any interference with a police radio constitutes a risk to public safety, and anyone caught doing this can face a penalty of criminal nuisance and up to one year imprisonment.”
Lloyd also said that he doesn’t believe an actual police radio is being used for this unauthorized broadcast: No radios are known to be missing, and even if they were, they require specific chargers that would be tough for a citizen to get their hands on.
Listen to both versions of “F-ck Tha Police” below.