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The Amity Affliction open up to FL about “cop killer” controversy

The Amity Affliction vocalist and bass player Ahren Stringer has opened up to FL about “his controversial “cop killer social media posts.

Stringer angered many fans last month by posting a photo of a police funeral accompanied by the caption “Freedom grows when cops get planted. Plant a freedom seed today,” on his Instagram account. However, in an interview with FL’s Jody Mcgregor the bassist said he was simply trying to make a statement about the power police wield. “They just abuse their power,” he explained. “I’m sure there are good cops out there; I’m yet to meet them. I’m not saying we should get rid of the police force and kill them all, that’s more of a metaphor for saying, hey, there’s something wrong here”.

“They’re killing people all the time, and using excess force,” he continued. “What about that guy who got tased to death by the police after stealing some biscuits from a 7-11 in Sydney? I think this stuff happens too often and it shouldn’t. It could be prevented by getting not bullies and anyone with the lowest IQ who wants to become a cop, just give them a badge and a gun.”

Stringer also detailed a handful of times that he has felt personally victimised by the police. “I remember one particular event where I was in the Valley [in Brisbane] and someone stole my wallet. I was chasing after them to get my wallet back, probably with some profanity, and the cops grabbed me and locked me up. I was held there for 24 hours,” he revealed. On another occasion he said he reported his car stolen and felt that the police “basically treated me like a suspect straight away even though I didn’t have insurance or anything to gain”.

Stringer was talking to FL ahead of the release of The Amity Affliction’s fourth album Let the Ocean Take Me, due for release on June 6. The full interview will be published on FL soon.