Sanford, Fla., officer is fired for singing about killing with death metal band

20 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

A Florida cop got fired after singing ‘Let the Killing Begin’ at a death metal concert.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1Nf2u8Y) reports that Sanford Police Officer Andrew Ricks had previously notified the city he would leave his job Friday.

Local TV station WFTV reports a Florida police officer was suspended days before his scheduled resignation after taking the stage at a death metal concert and singing along with the band, Vital Remains. Smith says police received video showing Ricks on duty and in uniform while singing “Let the Killing Begin” — a song referencing the crucifixion of Christ — with Vital Remains at a Sanford venue Nov. 13. It seems a bit redundant since Ricks had turned in a resignation letter in October and was serving out his last weeks with the department, according to the Sentinel. The song Ricks helped perform was not the 8-minute-long “Born to Rape the World” (charming), but a song off an earlier album called “Let the Killing Begin.” Maybe not the best thing for a man in uniform to growl/shout into a microphone—especially given the racial tensions in the town following the Trayvon Martin killing in 2012. “An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police, and it will not be tolerated within the Sanford Police Department,” Smith said, according to WFTV.

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