A member of a California Elks Lodge performed a shockingly racist song about the death of Michael Brown last week and TMZ has released a video of it.
One lodge official tells TMZ that many members are upset by what happened and that the event was a private affair not sponsored by the lodge.
“It's deplorable and inappropriate and the lodge will take disciplinary action against (the performer) and possibly the people who organized this event,” the trustee told TMZ. “We don't stand for any racist things like this.”
According to TMZ, the party at the Elks Lodge in Glendale, Calif. was part of a charity golf event thrown by lodge member Joe Myers, a retired L.A. police officer. Many of those at the party were cops, several of them retired.
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A lodge member named Gary Fishell reportedly performed a racist parody of “Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown.”
Fishell’s lawyer told TMZ that his client now realizes the song was “in poor taste ... he thought the room would get a kick out of it.”
Someone at the event took video because they were so upset by the performance.
Some of the lyrics:
“Two men took to fightin'
“And Michael punched in through the door
“And Michael looked like some old Swiss cheese
“His brain was splattered on the floor.
“And he's dead, dead Michael Brown
“Deadest man in the whole damn town
“His whole life's long gone
“Deader than a roadkill dog.”
Myers told TMZ: “How can I dictate what he (Fishell) says in a song? This is America. We can say what we want. This is a free America.”