N.W.A’s F*ck Tha Police has always been controversial, but it was recently at the center of a court case which could have resulted in a driver spending up to 93 days in jail.
The bizarre incident occurred in Pontiac, Michigan where a motorist blasted out the song while sitting at a gas station near another driver who was pulled over by an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy. The officer wasn’t amused and ticketed James Webb for violating the city’s noise ordinance.
Fox 2 Detroit reports the deputy told Webb, “You got people standing out here and you’re playing f*uck the police cause I’m sitting right here. Right? I don’t care if it’s any other rap song, he’s dropping the F-bomb and cursing and swearing, nobody wants to hear that.”
Presumably sensing the ticket was bull, Webb refused to pay the fine and decided to opt for a jury trial. He was represented by attorney Nicholas Somberg and it took jurors just nine minutes to find Webb not guilty.
Interestingly, Somberg obtained video of the original traffic stop and this showed the officer “dropping F-bombs” with the first person he pulled over. This effectively shot down his argument that he was concerned about vulgar language.
The case is now attracting plenty of attention as it seems like an overreach by the courts and the sheriff’s department. As Somberg told the station, “It’s really sad how much money is spent on fighting something that was a loss from the beginning.” He went on to criticize the prosecutor for pursing the case and suggested the city likely spent thousands of dollar trying to get a conviction.