Reporting Dave Bryan
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A gangsta rap video is raising eyebrows at LA City Hall.
But not for the usual coarse language or controversial depictions of women.
The video features two members of a gang intervention group … the Summer Night Lights program — backed by City Hall and funded by LA taxpayers. The video was also filmed inside a city park, located in South LA.
Moreover, the video — which has been in the works for three years — is a primer, say police, for how to make crack cocaine.
Sgt. Dennis Kato shook his head in disgust when shown the video by CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Dave Bryan.
“They say get the water, boil it up…this is all about making crack. How to lookout when you’re selling on the street. Watch the girls, cause they’re going to burn you,” he says, “all of that. It’s glorifying cocaine.”
To no one’s surprise, the video — called “Washing Dishes” is triggering a big debate and touching off lots of criticism.
Bryan says the biggest criticism of all comes from the fact that one of the video’s featured rappers is Andre Vickers, a gang intervention specialist who works for Summer Night Lights.
Vickers told Bryan his participation in the video was “three years ago. The dude who did the video ran out of money. So we couldn’t finish it. So by the time he finished it, we was doing Push.”