Birmingham gang rap video glorifies cop-killing, police say: ‘Thanks for showing us who you are’

“This is what we deal with on a day-to-day basis,” Edwards said. “But we do think their level of aggression has elevated. They feel like they can do whatever they want to do.”

Friends of a 21-year-old man fatally shot by a Jefferson County sheriff’s deputy one week ago have recorded a video lashing out at police, and some law enforcement officers countywide are on a heightened alert.

The three-minute video produced by BLACK DISTRICT is a tribute to Devante Kyshon “Red Man” Hinds, who died May 9 near Walmart and Milo’s on Parkway East. Authorities said Hinds tried to run a deputy over with a car and then was shot to death by lawmen.

Authorities said Hinds was involved with a heroin deal when he was shot. He was pronounced dead at a Birmingham hospital.

The video calls for leaving “police bleeding” and “dropping a cop” and has caused a stir among law enforcement, some of whom believe it is a not-so-veiled threat. “They are in an uproar and worried about some type of retaliation,” said one officer who didn’t want his name used.


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