A Southern District Police squad car in Dunedin, New Zealand (left), N.W.A. on the cover for ‘Straight Outta Compton’ (right); Photo: Facebook/Ruthless Records

Officers in New Zealand have been forced to listen to two different versions of “Fuck tha Police” after their radio frequency was hacked. The N.W.A. hit is an iconic song, and officers have been listening to both the original version and the cover by Rage Against the Machine.

Inspector Kelvin Lloyd told the Otago Daily Times that the broadcast has put people’s lives in danger. Police were responding to an incident where a man was pointing a gun at a motorist, but the call was disrupted by the broadcast.

“There’s no question that if it carries on and if they do what they’re doing it will delay a response,” Lloyd explained to reporters. “Any interference with a police radio constitutes a risk to public safety, and anyone caught doing this can face a penalty of criminal nuisance and up to one year imprisonment.”

N.W.A.’s “Fuck tha Police” (off the album Straight Outta Compton) is a diatribe against law enforcement and recognized as one of the greatest songs of all time; ranked number 425 on Rolling Stone’s list of the ‘500 Greatest Songs of All Time‘. If you’ve forgot the lyrics here’s a reminder of what Police had to listen to:

Just ‘cause I’m from the CPT
Punk police are afraid of me
Huh, a young nigga on the warpath
And when I’m finished, it’s gonna be a bloodbath


For police, I’m saying, ‘Fuck you, punk!’
Reading my rights and shit, it’s all junk
Pulling out a silly club, so you stand
With a fake-ass badge and a gun in your hand

This isn’t the first time New Zealand Police Officers have had a problem with a person (or people) hacking into their frequency. The Otago Daily Times reported that last August someone broadcast pig grunts over police radios in the lower North Island.

It’s unclear how rampant police brutality is in New Zealand, but someone thinks that it’s enough an issue to disrupt police from doing their jobs. It’s a dangerous situation that puts innocent people’s lives in jeopardy.

Maybe the hacktivist(s) should take a page from the hacker in South Carolina who broadcast Y.G.‘s “Fuck Donald Trump” over public radio. No one gets hurt and folks get a break from the payola flooding the airwaves, a win-win for all.