A butt-hurt Muslim police officer called for reinforcements, including an air assault helicopter, after she was offended by a songs lyrics which made fun of the death of al-Qaeda leader and terrorist, Osama bin Laden which was being played at a garden party. Witnesses said that initially, only one officer responded to the home where the party was being held about 10 p.m. In response to a neighbor’s complaint about the loud music and alleged anti-Islamic shouting at the garden party, according to a report in the Cambridge News.
But after the female officer arrived, she overheard the song making fun of the former Al-Qaeda leader, and hit the panic button on her body-mounted camera. In response to the call for support, the local police sent an additional 10 officer and a police helicopter to the address as additional support.
Party-goers told media representatives that they were not shouting “anti-Islamic abuse” and said the policewoman “took offense” at the parody song being played, prompting her to call up the unnecessary reinforcements. One party attendee, Mark Donovan, spoke with the news outlet following the incident, saying: “We were having a summer’s evening in my neighbor’s garden as we don’t have one. We had our karaoke machine on playing music through our phones from YouTube, which are all approved songs.
“It was about 10 p.m. and the music may have been a little loud, but it was before 11 p.m. Someone must have made a complaint, and a police officer attended our address, at which time a song from YouTube called ‘the Bin Laden Song’ came on. This police officer said she took offense at the song and pressed her panic button on her body cam and that’s when about 10 police turned up and the police helicopter. They are now investigating it as a racist crime. It is ridiculous.”
Donovan added: “The police then threatened to arrest everyone if we didn’t hand over our karaoke machine and mobile phone. At no point were we asked to turn it down or off, and not one member of the public complained about what we were playing, only the level of the volume. If we had been asked to turn it down, we would have.”
Donovan also told reporters; “In fact, I turned it off on seeing the police officer. Our son is black, my brother and sister are black, my brother is in the American army. It just seems a bit extreme to have 10 police officers and helicopter attend over a song which is approved by YouTube which we never actually put on. It came on by the shuffle list, and now being investigated as a racial offense, the only person who took offense was the female police officer, and it’s not even a racist song.
All we can tell Mr. Donovan is that maybe he needs to come to the United States, because obviously Freedom of Speech and Music are dead in the United Kingdom. Officers confirmed that during the raid, a phone and a Karaoke machine were confiscated, but said no arrests were made. However, an investigation is still being conducted into the incident.