Late-night revellers in the Chelmsford High Street area were treated to a rather bizarre sight at the weekend when Essex Police officers blasted KRS-One’s infamous hip-hop tune "Sound of da Police" from their squad car.
A video captured by passers-by shows the police car parked up outside some of Chelmsford’s busiest bars and restaurants. The police vehicle then booms out the lyrics: “Whoop, whoop it’s the sound of da police,” before flicking on its headlights and crawling away through the crowd of partygoers.
The officers were said to have been patrolling the area and ensuring revellers were safe as they enjoyed the extended weekend. One witness told the Essex Chronicle: “Seeing that last night made my night."
Although the impromptu rolling sound system went down well with Bank Holiday merrymakers, Essex Police have confirmed it will be investigating the matter further.
An Essex Police spokesman said: "We have viewed the footage and are looking into the matter."
The 90s hip-hop song was made famous by Bronx-based rapper Lawrence Krisna Parker, better known as KRS-One, thanks to its anti-establishment and anti-police lyrics.
The track has been covered many times since its release in 1993 and was featured in Mathieu Kassovitz’s critically acclaimed 1995 movie La Haine, which followed the trials and tribulations of a number of youngsters growing up and clashing with police in the Paris projects.