According to the Orlando Sentinel, a Florida police officer was fired for joining the death metal band VITAL REMAINS on stage last week and singing the song “Let The Killing Begin” in full uniform.
Andrew Ricks was on duty on November 13 when he appeared at the West End Trading Co. in Sanford, Florida and was videotaped hanging out with the band and throwing a “rock-on” hand gesture to the audience before singing (see video below).
Police Chief Cecil B. Smith, who relieved Ricks of his duties Wednesday morning, said in a statement: “An incident of this nature erodes the thin fibers of trust which already exist between the community and the police and it will not tolerated within the Sanford Police Department.”
“Let The Killing Begin” was reportedly written about the crucifixion of Christ and is the opening track on VITAL REMAINS‘ 2003 album “Dechristianize”.
Ricks worked first for Apopka Police Department for six months before resigning in 2009 and getting hired by the Sanford Police Department in January 2010.
Back in 2012, the Sanford Police Department’s handling of the much-publicized Trayvon Martin case showed a series of missteps and was criticized by Martin’s family as bungling and biased, according to The New York Times.