AM NY  January 25, 2015

PBA prez calls for boycott of video that depicts violence against cops

An image from the music video for "Hands Up" featuring rappers Uncle Murda and Maino.

The president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association called for an investigation Sunday into a music video released last month called “Hands Up” that depicts violence against the NYPD and features a Bronx legal aid group.

The video, which appeared on the website Worldstar Hip Hop on Dec. 4, starts with rappers Uncle Murda and Maino holding guns to a police officer’s head. It goes on to talk about the events in Ferguson, features video from Eric Garner’s death and shows a man getting shot while getting out of his car.

“For Mike Brown and Sean Bell a cop gotta be killed,” the lyrics say.

In the video people seek legal counsel from the Bronx Defenders, a public defense organization in the borough. The Bronx Defenders did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“The Bronx Defenders’ role in spreading this dangerous message must not pass without a complete investigation and appropriate action by any governmental organization that plays a role in appropriating funds to this organization or that collaborates with it in any way,” Lynch said in a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito and City Comptroller Scott Stringer, adding, “Allowing this inciting speech to continue unchecked puts police officers and all New Yorkers at risk.”

The mayor’s office said the video is already being reviewed.

“As Mayor de Blasio has said repeatedly, threats and acts of violence against police officers are absolutely unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” Spokesman Phil Walzak said. “The Department of Investigation has been conducting a review over the past six weeks into the Bronx Defenders' role in the creation and funding of a music video that advocates the killing of police officers. The findings of that review are expected to be released shortly.”

With Matthew Chayes