A DJ in Westfield, Massachusetts, has been charged with disorderly conduct for playing N.W.A‘s classic “Fuck tha Police” at a bar last year while law enforcement worked to clear the venue. On Friday he was found responsible and ordered to pay a $50 fine.
The incident occurred in October, as Masslive reports, while police worked to shut down a party with over 350 people at the 160-person capacity Shenanigans Pub.
“I believed at that time the combination of alcohol, the excessive amount of people in the bar and the song that the DJ chose to play at that time was an intentional act by the DJ to incite the crowd which showed a reckless disregard for public safety,” officer Juanita Mejias wrote in her report of the episode.
Kashawn Harris, 25, who goes by DJ Boogy, is an alumnus of Westfield State University and had been invited to DJ the homecoming weekend party. He typically performs at weddings, college events and club parties and he denies the allegations against him.
“I had no intention of inciting a riot,” Harris told Masslive. “It was just college kids having fun…. For them to even think I was trying to start riots was frustrating for me. That’s not my kind of background, that’s not where I come from.”
According to the police report, officers found it difficult to clear the bar at first due to the loud music and when they asked Harris to turn it off that’s when we played part of “Fuck tha Police” before finally shutting things down.