When cops are taking care of business I can understand
But the L.A. story's gone way out of hand
Their acts of aggression, they say they're justified
But it seems an obsession has started from the inside

They're shooting anyone who even tries to run
They're shooting little kids with toy guns
Take it to a jury but they don't give a damn
Because the one who tells the truth is always the policeman

Beat all the niggers
Beat whoever you see
Don't need a reason
(We're) L.A.P.D.

The city of L.A. feels like a prison
With helicopters overhead and bullets whizzing by
Martial law ain't no solution
Police brutality's just social pollution

Beat all the white trash
Beat whoever you see
Don't need a reason
(We're) L.A.P.D.

They say they're keeping the peace
But I'm not buying it because a billy club ain't much of a pacifier
"Protecting your freedom"
Now that's just a lie

It's an excuse for power that's more like an alibi
Law and order doesn't really matter
When you're the one getting bruised and battered
You take it to a jury, they'll throw it in your face
Because justice in L.A. comes in a can of mace


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L.A.P.D. Lyrics as written by Greg Kriesel Dexter Holland

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    General Comment

    This song is about the atrocities of the L.A.P.D. Basically, the lyrics speak for themselves, It's about Policemen acting out horribly, with bad judgement on whatever they see, and you can't take it to court because the policeman will "always" be right. It's about how they're not protecting our freedom but rather we're the ones getting beaten by them.

    InsanityXon February 13, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    Was this written before or after the Rodney King incident and the subsequent riots?

    Myncimanon July 19, 2012   Link
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    Anyone ever notice how much the bridge solo and part of the little riff right before the chorus sound like parts of Police Truck by the Dead Kennedys? The Offspring, especially Dex, always cited DK as a bit influence, that's a cool little tribute. The songs cover similar topics, too.

    Tig45on February 01, 2014   Link
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    My Interpretation

    It's about the reasonless abuse brought on by the Las Angelos Police Department (L.A.P.D) useless brutality, and stupid officers, just a note kids, Don't move to L.A. they have a bad police force.

    Miyoooohon April 22, 2016   Link
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    General Comment

    to true

    Survived Abortionon August 05, 2002   Link
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    General Comment

    Noo, this song is obviously about how NICE the cops are, jesus christ it cant be more obvious.......im kidding

    SmAsH5519on August 02, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    I love this song, it's completely serious and yet so silly at the same time. Fun to sing loudly in public, at least the chorus.

    JediBumMasteron May 19, 2006   Link
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    Oh yeah, and if you listen to this on headphones the guitar does this tinny little riff to your top right, it sticks out once you notice it and it's silly as hell.

    JediBumMasteron May 19, 2006   Link
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    Fuck the Police

    offspringmetallicadrakeon June 25, 2009   Link

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