VIDEO: The Strokes Taunt Cop Onstage During Anti-Police Song At Bernie Rally

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The Strokes' performance took place during a Bernie Sanders rally on Monday night.

Durham, NH – A uniformed law enforcement officer was taunted onstage as The Strokes rock band belted out an anti-police song during a Bernie Sanders rally on Monday night (video below).

The chaotic scene took place towards the end of The Strokes’ performance at the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore Center Arena, when lead singer Julian Casablancas invited the crowd of 7,500 to jump onstage with him, the New York Post reported.

As Casablancas belted out the anti-police anthem, “New York City Cops,” several New Hampshire officers tried to keep the riotous situation under control, according to Rolling Stone.

Cell phone footage showed Casablancas as he turned towards one of the uniformed officers while singing, “New York City cops, they ain’t too smart!”

The lead singer said that the decision to conclude their show with the anti-police tune was made spur-of-the-moment, Rolling Stone reported.

“The cops had turned the lights on, so we were like, ‘Let’s just play ‘New York City Cops,’ then, as a farewell,” Casablancas said. “One of them grabbed my arm. I was like, ‘Oh, damn, am I about to get arrested right now?’”

At one point during the song, he changed the lyrics, and declared that “all cops in the world, they ain’t too smart,” The A.V. Club reported.

Many fans apparently loved the performance.

“The Strokes playing New York City Cops while uniformed police officers try to kick them off stage is an iconic #Bernie moment,” one Twitter user wrote.

“The Strokes playing ‘NYC cops’ while actual cops kick them off stage, at a rally for maybe the only actually good candidate to run for president in my lifetime. We love to see it folks,” another post read.

University of New Hampshire spokesperson Erika Mantz said that the officers responded at the request of “contract security,” who had “asked police to help control crowd access to the stage and performers,” the New York Post reported.

“There was no further incident,” Mantz added.

Casablancas said that the band jumped at the chance to be part of the Sanders rally.

“How can you say no?” the front man asked Rolling Stone. “He’s the only noncorporate candidate, so by default, he’s the only person who you can trust what he’s saying.”

The event, which the magazine described as a “veritable Lollapalooza of the left,” featured speeches from Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Cynthia Nixon, and Cornel West, among others.

Massachusetts resident Jake Boynton, 32, said he backs Sanders because “he speaks to regular people.”

Another concertgoer, 23-year-old “Alex,” supports Sanders’ call to legalize marijuana and eliminate student debt, Rolling Stone reported.

“And he seems like someone who’s actually a human being, not a parasite,” Alex added. “So that’s pretty cool.”

Sunflower Bean guitarist Nick Kivlen, whose band opened the rally, said he was honored to have met Sanders prior to the show.

“He’s so brave,” Kivlen gushed. He’s taking on every position of power to do this for the working people of this country.”

“Bernie is the realest candidate,” Sunflower Bean drummer Jacob Faber added.

The Durham Police Department and Bernie 2020 representatives did not respond to requests for comment, FOX News reported.

You can watch cell phone footage of Casablancas taunting the uniformed officer in the video below:

Comments (77)
Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

I don't listen to much rock at all, but Julian Casablancas and The Strokes do make some solid music.

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flybynight
flybynight

So the burn has to have a free concert just to get people to show up? Oh well.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Stupid is as stupid does as stupid believes.

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Guess this shitty generation forgot about all those NYC cops that ran towards the twin towers, huh?

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Mrs10
Mrs10

Don't confuse them with FACTS. It's their FEELINGS that matter. 😡

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

It's painful to realize it actually was a generation ago.

FSchloss
FSchloss

Mrs 10, I don't think they have any memory of that "incident" where "some people did something". If they did have any memory of it, I believe that they're so low-rent that they wouldn't care.

RightWingMing
RightWingMing

You seriously remember 9/11 every time you see a cop in NYC? Was this particular policeman among the valiant few that ran selflessly toward the aid of the victims? Why are you associating a devastating event with an interaction that had nothing to do with it?
Man, Casablancas showed incredible restraint in not socking that officer in the jaw, considering all the police brutality that has been occurring in recent years. Or has you shitty generation forgotten about all those unarmed black teens that were shot on cold blood? Your obsolescence is showing.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Where to start with your idiotic comment. I guess the one that always stands out with people like you is putting the blame on every police shooting involving a minority. You know the saying, for every action there is a reaction? Well, that's what happens in the vast majority of police shootings. Every shooting I've ever read about in recent times came about as a result of the actions committed by the suspect. If you pull a gun, knife or any weapon that can do harm to the officer there is a chance you will be shot. If you try to run the officer over with your car that could happen as well. Now, I'm sure you'll bring up "well some of those people were unarmed". Possibly, but once again there are other factors to consider such as the size of the suspect to the size of the officer. Was it a female officer trying to arrest a much larger male? Was the suspect trying to disarm the officer? Did the suspect take a weapon like a Taser or Pepper Spray from the officer and use it against him? Did the suspect take a drug like PCP which resulted in him having super human strength? Just because you happen to be black doesn't mean you are given a free pass to hurt a police officer. Man, I really wish people like you could put on the badge for a week, assigned to a high crime area to see how you would handle things. My guess is you would shoot everyone that looked at you cross-eyed.

Lendandary13
Lendandary13

LEO0301, dont bother responding to ignorance, right wing man knows the number to 911 when he is in fear for his life. Right wing man has a mother, father, possibly a sister whom he would not hesitate to call 911 if they went missing or God forbid were the victim of a crime. Maybe Right wing man will be a parent one day and pray that cops are around the day one of his children is in trouble. Ignorance needs no counter argument. All of the keyboard warriors would not last a day let alone 1 hour donning the blue uniform and quite frankly Im glad hes not wearing it anyway, I dont like to see the blue worn by cowards who stand by criminal behavior anyway.

Elaine85043
Elaine85043

They need a few history lessons. Complete idiot's.

RunCop
RunCop

Punks......these little bitches would be screaming for police assistance if they were getting their asses kicked.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

And anyone believes we're going to give up the compliments from the current President for this type of action from another person? You've got to be kidding me, no possible way, the last President hated the police and made it perfectly clear!!!! We're not going back and yes, we're better off today than we were 4 years ago!

Trashman67
Trashman67

Delusion is real. Just look to the left.

OtnipTrebor
OtnipTrebor

Great job , government indoctrination schools! You’ve turned out some complete idiots!

kgolfinghawaii
kgolfinghawaii

I think the blue should have just ignored trying to help. Let those rats be run over by their "fans". Seriously, who gives a crap? And if the lowest believes they are good then, well, we know they truly suck.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sounds like the popo were responding more to the lyrics that made fun of them than they were to any actual "riotous situation that had to be kept under control."

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

POS Bernie Boy

Needs a concert to have people show up for his BS

GEE stupid, how far to you think your anti cop message will go in Nov??
If you make it that far!!

LEO0301
LEO0301

“Lifestyles of the rich and socialists: Bernie Sanders has 3 houses, makes millions.”

Raymelson
Raymelson

Bernie is trying to follow Obama's war on cops an if by a miracle Bernie wins America will become another shit hole an we will have another civil war to many of us vets will not stand by while he destroys the best country in the world

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Stanracer
Stanracer

POLICE HATING LIBERAL DEMO-RATS BEING IDIOTS!

Gramercy
Gramercy

The "realist" candidate.."so brave"...concepts "pretty cool"...Oh God, save us! I feel so sorry for my Grandchildren. I can only pray that they are not as ignorant as the 20 year olds of today when they get a chance to vote...IF voting's still an option in a Socialistic country!!!

hoss377
hoss377

Scumbags demonstrating against L.E.O.'s ,who then have to protect their a$$es,talk about hypocrites.

LAW169
LAW169

Solid $hit. Just like you lowestcomm.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Wacko Bernie supporters...……….say no more!!!!!

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

What a difference. Our President defends the people that protect us,,and this COMMUNIST says NOTHING about this Disturbing exhibition of HATE and Stupidity. What will he do if elected then.

MSK
MSK

This was just a snapshot of what it will be like if this crazy old communist gets elected (which I doubt). He’s already come out and said that he will raise taxes on the middle class. That statement alone should ensure that he doesn’t get elected.


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