TribLIVE

| Home

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Online rap video urges killing Pittsburgh police

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

'American Coyotes' Series

Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.

By Margaret Harding
Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, 9:14 a.m.
 

Pittsburgh police are investigating an online rap video that mentions convicted cop killer Richard Poplawski and advocates killing city officers.

Police learned of the video, titled “(Expletive) the Police,” on Thursday. Someone has since removed it from YouTube.

Warrants were issued Friday for Rashee Beasley, 20, of Garfield, and Jamal Knox, 18, of East Liberty, charging them with making terroristic threats, witness intimidation and related crimes.

Beasley and Knox have been arrested by officers from the city's Highland Park Zone 5 station. The video names at least one officer who patrols there.

Lyrics include “Like poplawski im strapped nasty” and “lets kill these cops cause they aint doing us no good,” police said.

“We are taking this very seriously,” police spokeswoman Diane Richard said. She declined to comment further.

Poplawski received a death sentenced for fatally shooting three Pittsburgh police officers on April 4, 2009, when they responded to a domestic call at his mother's Stanton Heights home.

University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris said artistic expression is protected by the First Amendment, but that protection does not necessarily extend to threats against a specific individual or an attempt to incite violence. He did not see the video.

“No matter whether the thing is in terrible taste or even offensive in a very basic way, well, it's not against the law to say stuff like that,” Harris said. “To make a general statement that is very pointed and unfortunate and stupid, but is not meant to be an instruction of any kind, that's not a threat.”

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Heyl: Longtime disc jockey Jimmy Roach to turn dismissal into brighter times
  2. Armstrong escapee caught; murder charges pending
  3. WikiLeaks says U.S. spied on another ally: Japan
  4. Man attempts to take firearm onto plane in Pittsburgh; tenth attempt this year
  5. Judge rules McCullough guilty of taking money from elderly woman’s estate
  6. Pirates bolster bullpen by trading for former closer Soria
  7. Lawrence power plant being converted to gas from coal
  8. Inside the Steelers: Rookie linebacker Chickillo continues to excel
  9. McKeesport tattoo artist will stand trial for allegedly beating man to death
  10. Pitt, McConnell-Serio agree to new contract through 2020-21 season
  11. Steelers stress improved conditioning in attempt to play past injuries