New York Daily News

January 26, 2015, 12:06 AM

  

 

City investigates defense firm’s role in music video featuring lyrics about killing police

 

Mayor de Blasio said the Department of Investigation is reviewing the Bronx Defenders’ role in the creation and funding of the music video for the song 'Hands Up,' by Uncle Murda & Maino. Members of the firm are depicted in the video.

BY ELI ROSENBERG

This photo shows a scene from the music video 'Hands Up' by Uncle Murda and Maino.

The city is investigating the role a public defense firm played in the creation of a music video that features lyrics about killing police and images of two rappers holding guns to a cop’s head.

Mayor de Blasio said the Department of Investigation is reviewing the Bronx Defenders’ role in the creation and funding of the music video for the song “Hands Up,” by Uncle Murda & Maino.

“Threats and acts of violence against police officers are absolutely unacceptable,” the mayor said in a statement.

The Bronx Defenders offices, as well as two people who appear to work at the firm, are depicted prominently in the video.

“For Mike Brown and Sean Bell, a cop got to get killed,” Uncle Murda raps in the song.

This image from the 'Hands Up' music video shows the telephone number and address of the Bronx Defenders office. The city is now investigating the firm's role in the video.

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch wrote letters to the mayor, city controller, City Council speaker and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urging authorities to pull public funding from any parties involved in the video, saying its language “bore a striking similarity” to the online comments made by the gunman who killed two NYPD officers on Dec. 20.

The defense firm distanced itself from the video’s content.

“The Bronx Defenders does not endorse the use of violence against the police under any circumstance,” the organization said in a statement.