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November 16, 2012

Online rap video urges killing Pittsburgh police

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh police are trying to find the people who made and posted a violent rap video on YouTube that praises cop-killer Richard Poplawski and calls for the killing of other city officers.

Police are saying little about the video, which has since been pulled from the popular web site, while they trace its origin.

Poplawski is on death row for gunning down three officers who responded to a dispute call involving Poplawski and his mother in April 2009.

The video includes profane lyrics and others that encourage violence, including lines that say, “Let’s kill these coops ‘cause they don’t do us no good. Pulling your Gluck out ‘cause I live in the hood.”

The video also names some officers who patrol Zone 5, the city’s most violent section which is also where Poplawski shot the officers.


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