Two days ago, Daily Intelligencer reported that, on at least two occasions over the past few months, an NYPD vehicle was witnessed blasting the "Imperial March" — also known as the theme song of Darth Vader — in or around Prospect Park. The NYPD has taken notice, and it is not thrilled.
Both of our sources for the story, musician Tyler Sargent and TV editor Scott Rosann, were contacted by NYPD investigators yesterday. In both cases, the investigators were looking for details that might help them identify which officers were responsible for what seems like, at the least, a PR faux pas.
Rosann's wife was at home when two plainclothes cops showed up. She says the officers told her that the "chief" was highly displeased by the story, although it's not clear whether "chief" was a reference to Commissioner Ray Kelly or, say, the local precinct captain. Rosann himself later spoke to an investigator on the phone and tells Daily Intelligencer that, from his tone, it didn't seem like "they were planning to make a big stink about it; they just want to determine who the officers were."
Nevertheless, it seems clear that the "Imperial March" incidents have certainly caused a disturbance in the (police) Force.