June 14, 2000 15:56

FLAV FINDS TIME FOR THE BOSS

The [a]Public Enemy[/a] star joins the ranks of people backing [b]The Boss[/b]...

FLAV FINDS TIME FOR THE BOSS
Public Enemy's Flavor Flav has joined the growing ranks of people backing Bruce Springsteen, who was slammed by NEW YORK police representatives for writing a song about the shooting of a West African man in the city.

Speaking to US website www.sonicnet.com, Flav said: "Bruce Springsteen, he sees the picture. Can't no-one blame a man for seeing reality the way that it is. And y'know what? I'm with my man all the way."

Public Enemy were the first group to write a track about the death of Amadou Diallo in February last year, when he was shot at 41 times by police officers, who were later acquitted of his murder. Their track '41:19', referring to the amount of shots fired and how many actually struck Diallo, was on their album 'There's A Poison Goin' On'.

The Springsteen song 'American Skin' was attacked by senior police representatives this week, who urged cops to boycott The Boss' series of 10 sold-out New York gigs. At a police rally in Manhattan yesterday (June 13), vice-president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch was cheered when he said: "We don't need a millionaire coming down here and making money off our backs... on a terrible, terrible tragedy."

Meanwhile police union chief Bob Lucente has apologised to gay groups over his comments that Springsteen was "a floating fag" for writing the song, saying: "The [comment] was made out of disgust toward a public figure whom I once admired, not against someone's sexual preference."
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