Story By: Ana Lacasa, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency:Central European News
Three cops have been suspended for riding in the back of a popular singer’s overcrowded car without seat belts while crooning an anti-police song.
According to reports, the three officers, identified as Alan Daniel Pelozo, Ailen Ponce and Florencia Celeste Olmedo, had recently graduated from police academy and were working as traffic cops in the town of Mar de las Pampas in the eastern Argentine province of Buenos Aires.
According to the Argentine singer ‘El Pepo’, the cops were carrying out checks on Route 11 when he decided to stop and take them to where they needed to go.
After chatting in the car, the officers asked him about a song from the movie ‘Alta Cumbia’ that was released in 2017, and he decided to sing it while filming himself.
The footage shows El Pepo driving while the three cops appear to not be wearing seatbelts as they sing along in the back seat.
There also appears to be seven people travelling in the overcrowded small car.
El Pepo sings: “Executing people is your vocation, killing poor people is your profession and so you give wealthy people your protection, you are going to see how the bullets you fired are going to come back on you.”
According to reports, the Buenos Aires minister of security Cristian Ritondo, together with Internal Affairs, decided to suspend the officers after the video was widely shared online.
Meanwhile, the singer said during a TV interview: “I was asked how the song went so I sang it to them. I did not mean to mock them or humiliate them. I apologise, but I never meant to cause problems.”
The internal investigation continues.
Picture Credit: CEN