A short video showing New Paltz police officer Robert Sisco rapping in his car posted and shared publicly this week has led to complaints that the officer is transphobic and should be removed from the force. The rap includes the lyrics: “There’s only two genders and Trump’s still your president / Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina.”
The full lyrics (with profanity) are:
Hey, hi, hello, this is officer Bob
Last name Sisco, first name Rob
I’m a man of many talents so many talents in fact
I know you’re thinking that I’m black so of course I can rap
Well that’s partially true and the truth does hurt
No I’m not Will Smith so fuck I’m gonna curse
Spit facts over feelings because you’re feelings are irrelevant
There’s only two genders and Trump’s still your president
Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina
This whole coronavirus was sent here from China
Hillary is Killary we all know the reason
Where those emails at? We should hang her for treason
I try to keep calm cause it’s good for my health
But we all know Epstein didn’t kill himself
Just because I’m a cop it doesn’t mean that I’m bad
Every day I go to work and I put on a badge
But I’d rather use my words than resorting to violence
Cause I’d rather talk to y’all than a blue wall of silence
I grew up in the hood, I’m a Newburgh G
I might be 5-O, I’m still the same old me
And we all bleed red, whether white, black or brown
But we need to get together and shut this shit down
Stop lootin’, stop shootin’, stop fires and threats
It only takes two people I’m first so who’s next?
Here’s the official statement on the video from the town:
The Town Board, as Police Commission, has received many complaints and has seen the officer’s video.
We are so sorry that the trust of many in our community has been broken and that their safety feels threatened. No one in our town should have to feel that way about our police.
The New Paltz Police has initiated an internal investigation and will be working closely with the Police Commission to explore and direct responsive action in this matter. We are all committed to repairing trust with our New Paltz transgender and LGBTQ+ community members.
In the meantime, the officer has been placed on administrative leave, according to the town.
The issue is likely to come up this Thursday, when the town board and police chief host an online town hall on policing. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8275