In response to work of the suit, Alternative Tentacles
founder Jello Biafra submitted the following statement:
Order of Police Press Conference, Philadelphia, PA, February 7, 1996
Alternative Tentacles Records are always suspicious of any legal action that
begins with a press conference before anyone is served any legal papers. Having
not seen any papers in regard to this lawsuit, we have no idea what this is
"Based on what we have heard from the press, Philadelphia's
Fraternal Order of Police has a problem with the artwork on The Crucifucks' CD
Our Will Be Done. released on November 1992 on Alternative Tentacles
"Our position is that the artwork, music, and lyrics of this
album, when taken as a whole are intended as social commentary; and therefore
the album is constitutionally protected free speech.
"For over 16 years,
Alternative Tentacles Records has supported artists expressing dissenting
points of view through provocative music, lyrics, and artwork. These artists
have included Dead Kennedys, Jello Biafra, Tribe 8, Butthole Surfers, D.O.A.,
The Beatnigs (w/ Michael Franti), Life After Life, Wesley Wilis, and many
"Contrary to statements made to the press The Crucifucks are not A
Rap group. Their music is much closer to punk rock. nor can they be
characterized as "gangstas" or thugs. Their leader Doc Dart, once finished
third in the race for Mayor of his home town, garnering enough votes to force a
runoff election. So far the CD has sold around 1,200 copies.
"The art work
in question is clearly commentary about the widespread problem of police
brutality in America. It is no secret many urban police departments harbor
violent renegade officers who hold the same views as someone like Mark Fuhrman
or the ones who assaulted Rodney King. Just ask Mumia Abu-Jamal.
to the press reports we've received, the photo in question was staged: and does
not depict an actual event. Nowhere on the CD artwork is the photo ascribed to
the Philadelphia Police Department in any way. The public would never have
known the picture came from Philadelphia if not for the FOP press
"As always, Alternative Tentacles Records will stand by The
Crucifucks and all of our artists.