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