A Bronx teen picked a rather interesting time to take a stand against law enforcement. During a funeral procession for a slain NYPD officer on July 11, 16-year-old Julien Rodriguez blasted N.W.A’s classic protest anthem “F**k tha Police” from his apartment sound system nearby, according to The New York Post.
As expected, Rodriguez’s stunt prompted a house call from at least 20 officers who attended the funeral for deceased officer Miosotis Familia. When questioned about his motives, Rodriquez told the Post that it was actually “satisfying” to play the 1988 record. He also reasoned that if police officers don’t have regard towards other human lives, neither should he. “Since they did not show respect for my brother and my friend, why should I show respect to them,” he said.
Eventually, after the team of officers got Rodriguez to turn off his disruptive music, he apologized. But he said his apology was only to please his superintendent, who threatened to kick his family to the curb. “I apologized because it was between the house and apologizing,” he told the Post.
Although Rodriguez admitted he isn’t a fan of the police department or the justice system, he said he does feel sorry for Officer Familia and her family. “I feel sympathy for that because all she was trying to do was take bad people off the street,” he added. “It was wrong because she not do anything wrong. But at the same time, my bro and my best friend died for no reason.”
Familia was reportedly shot in the head while sitting in her police car in the Bronx on July 5. Rodriguez provided the names of both his brother and friend, whom he alleged were killed by the police, but the Post reports there is no record of their deaths. Rodriguez and family could still be facing eviction, though, so he may want to keep a low profile for awhile.
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