Chicago police caught on video blasting ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ during protest

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Some Chicago Police officers are being investigated for playing, what some consider, a racist song, during a recent protest.

A video shows what appears to be an unmarked police car playing the song, “Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The car is slowly going by a police brutality protest in Garfield Park Saturday.

Some have said that the song, from 1974, praises former Alabama Governor George Wallace, who supported segregation.

The band says it doesn't.

Others say the song was played because the University of Alabama was playing in the SEC championship college football game later that day.

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23 comments

    • Molly Reda-Schneider

      Exactly…….The song recognizes a great fight for rights in the south. I have no idea what the intent of the person who played it was but the song itself is pro rights and equality. If the intent was negative…well, it backfired at least in the minds of those that know better.

  • top ten

    Let’s spin:
    Back in Black
    Colour my World
    Shoot to Kill
    Another Brick in the Wall
    Jungleland
    Sympathy for the Devil
    Take the Money and Run
    Helter Skelter
    Take Your Best Shot
    Breathe-Dark Side of the Moon
    First Encore – Taken’ Care of Business
    Encore…Freebird

  • lesann100

    So do we sensor all the rappers who’s claim to fame are cop killing, raping lyrics….I hear that crap blasted every once in awhile…

  • Diane.

    Nothing to see here, just keep on moving. So if a night goes by and WGN has no “protest video ” that hasn’t been aired 20 times, they have to look for something . Shame what passes for journalism in the media these days.

  • Sean

    No doubt the cops knew what they were doing here. If anyone doubts that there are A LOT of racists in the CPD, just log onto secondcitycop.blogspot.com and read a few posts.

  • Aika Su (@bykydupeku)

    Those liberals are really getting desperate for some more race-bait.

    How come it seems like ever since Obama, America has been in a race war? When we elected President Obama, weren’t we promised “hope and change”? It seems like his years as president have only torn our nation apart.

    We now have race riots in our streets. I’ve never seen a country more divided. We all hate each other now. Is it Obama’s fault? I don’t know, but I’ll say this – Obama has destroyed our economy. Everyone is under-employed and can’t afford to live. We must now purchase health insurance we cannot afford and do not want or need (mine is $450/month… contrast this to my $25/month auto insurance from Insurance Panda… or my $12/month renters insurance from Eagle… both private-enterprise!)

    This is certainly not the sign of a healthy country. I expect riots/ and ooting in America, and that is a bad thing.

    • Kevin

      I thought all that happend before obama got elected.
      Mccain ,obama, and bush had a special meeting during the first election.

      Plz people do research on person who you are gettig ur info from

  • becca

    I think everything needs to stop being viewed as racist. The media is fueling the fire. Instead of unarmed teen, or unarmed man, they emphasize unarmed blackteen, and unarmed black man. So why isn’t the subject of black on black crime being as widely discussed? I guess not as news worthy

  • Justin Case

    I wonder what folks would be saying if someone played “Cop Killer” by Ice-T outside a police officer’s funeral? Actions speak louder than lyrics – it doesn’t matter if you think the song is racist, the act was inappropriate.

    • PeggySue

      Playing “Sweet Home Alabama” is NOT racist! What part of that don’t you instigaters get?!! Ridiculous! I guess if I wore my Alabama shirt I would be considered racist. Incredible ignorance and so petty.

  • realitycheck

    I don’t understand why people don’t understand that song; it was a rebuttal to Neil Young’s “Southern Man” which criticizes the existence and denial of continued racism in the south. So if cops are escorting protesters rallying to end racism against blacks from the police, why play a song on the loudspeaker with the message ‘We’re not racist, you’re just a dumb Canadian’ what was that cop trying to accomplish by playing that?

  • Sandra Spears

    Actually, Sweet Home Alabama was wrote as a response to Neil Youngs song Southern Man which sings about the south being racist, Yes, Governor Wallace’s name is in there who believed in segregation, and take note at the end of his name in the song the words boo,boo,boo. following now we all did what we could do. and how in Birmingham they loved him, meaning that one person and area did not represent all of Alabama. The song was a good natured response to Neil Young to say not all southerners are racist, and not everything in Alabama was bad, hence the lyric “well I heard ole Neil put her down. I hope Neil Young will remember, a southern man don’t need him around anyhow” Maybe the police liked the song and turned it up like the rest of us do, or maybe it is in reference to not all southerners are racist, not all cops are racist. One could assume or interpret that if one knew about the history of the two songs. Instead it is easier to say it was racist since it has the word Alabama in it.

  • Peter C

    People should look up the lyrics to “Sweet Home Alabama”. Once they do, they will realize that it is not a racist song at all! In fact, Neil Young, who is referred to in the song, has song the song live before. Chill – do some research and then comment.