Tough rap for gang member

The arrest of a man for playing loud, expletive-laden rap will be music to most ears, but has rung alarm bells for civil liberties lawyers.

Police charged a 39-year-old man with offensive behaviour because he was playing rap music with swear words on his car stereo outside Rotorua’s visitor information centre.

Inspector Bruce Horne, in the police station 100 metres away, heard the windows shaking.

“That got my attention and when I started listening, it was incredible. Every second word was like the `F’ word – it was a stream of obscenities.”

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