Someone in Dunedin, New Zealand is pulling a prank on the police by illegally broadcasting N.W.A.'s 1988 hit "F*ck Tha Police" on police radio frequency.
The broadcast has been going on over the past few days, forcing officers on duty to hear it over and over again. "F*ck Tha Police," from N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton album, was also on repeat over the weekend and played on the radio shortly before 3p.m. on Monday, Jan. 9. Aside from N.W.A., Rage Against The Machine's cover of the song was also thrown in a few times for good measure.
Inspector Kelvin Lloyd, Otago's coastal acting area commander, said that the expletive rap song is putting people "in danger." He mentioned that "F*ck Tha Police" is disrupting work. He cited an instance wherein he had to coordinate a police response to an emergency in Oamaru. Someone called on Friday, Jan. 5, at around 9 p.m. about a man pointing a gun at a motorist. Lloyd said that he had trouble coordinating with the response unit because the song was on the police radio frequency.
"There's no question that if it carries on and if they do what they're doing it will delay a response," Lloyd told The Otago Daily Times.
Lloyd is confident that the prank does not come from the police department in Otago, an area of the South Island, because no police radios were missing. Likewise, the use of police radios also needs a specific charger, which is not easy to find.
Lloyd is certain that whoever is broadcasting N.W.A.'s "F*ck Tha Police" is doing it through other means — possibly straight from the underground. The inspector warned that any interference with police radio is a criminal offense. Anyone found guilty of the prank faces imprisonment.
"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 added.
This is not the first time that someone hacked police radios on the lower North Island. In August, there were also complaints of pig grunts and abuse being broadcasted on police radio frequency.
"F*ck Tha Police" is a protest song that talks about police conduct, especially police brutality against the minority. It almost never made it to N.W.A.'s Straight Outta Compton album because of its explicit lyrics. Dr. Dre initially was not impressed with the lyrics and asked N.W.A. rapper Ice Cube to show him another of his work. However, Dr. Dre changed his mind after the police arrested him and Eazy-E for shooting paintballs at Torrance bus stops.