NEW YORK (PIX11) — “It’s disgusting, it’s purely disgusting.”
That is the reaction of Roy Richter, president of the Captain’s Endowment Association after viewing a rap video depicting an NYPD officer who is on the verge of getting assassinated on the streets in cold blood.
The video is for the song “Hands Up” by rappers Uncle Murda and Maino, and Richter says that there should be accountability for it.
“I think any video that advocates violence against police officers especially, is something where the makers of that video should be held responsible for it.”
Richter is not only concerned about the message being sent out to the community but also by the Bronx Defenders, a non-profit legal aid organization, as well as reportedly two of its attorneys for appearing in the video. “It should affect their license to practice in the state of New York.”
John Jaronczyk, the head of the Nassau County Sheriff’s Correction Officers Benevolent Association, shared his disappointment with PIX11 News on Friday.
“If they want to rent out a Hollywood studio to film that, they have the freedom to do that but Nassau County should not be allowing them to do that in their facility.”
Jaronczyk says he is upset that no one conducted thorough research of the performers in the video as well as its theme.
“One guy did ten years for kidnapping. One guy was arrested for an attempted murder of a police officer, his name is uncle murder. Yet we give him the keys to the Nassau County jail and let him film a rap video in there.”
The video which was shot back on August 12th inside of the Nassau County Jail has racy images between fictitious correction officers and prisoners.
“What’s next? Are we going to do an adult video in the jail? Where is the limit here?” asked Jaronczyk during an interview at his union’s office.
PIX11 News went to the Bronx Defenders office hoping to get their reaction as to their involvement in the video but no one was available to address the issue.
Meanwhile, the Nassau County Film Commission has no view on the production.
Its director told PIX11 News through a statement that the county has “neither the ability nor the authority to control the content, message or opinion expressed in any such project or production.”