While sitting in their van at a Forest Park, IL Walmart parking lot, Torn The Fuck Apart were labeled as “suspicious” by shoppers and ended up getting the cops called on them for no reason. Fortunately, the officers that showed up were cool about the situation and let the band go after some questioning.
Vocalist/guitarist Michael Langner told MetalSucks the following:
“In the morning we had stopped and parked in the back of the Walmart parking lot in forest park, IL to stretch out and grab a few things after a night off of tour and enjoying the Chicago Domination Fest. We had been there for about an hour as our drummer was inside the store getting a few things, and about 15 mins after he went in we heard radio dispatch from behind the van and noticed a cop car pull up behind us. Just as quickly we saw three more pull up and surround us.
After a few minutes of answering questions, the cop said that they were there because they had received multiple calls about a dark van with “suspicious characters ” in it. After all IDs were checked they knew that wasn’t the case. The cops were very professional and respectful to us after they realized we were no threat to anyone, and they even took pictures with us as though we were under arrest, and played along with us to tell our drummer we had warrants and were under arrest when he came back to the van.
We don’t blame the cops for doing their jobs; they handled it well. But it was upsetting that we had been profiled for the way a “metalhead” looks. This isn’t something we haven’t encountered before and life goes on. Now we get ready for our last show of the tour Saturday at the Chicago Domination Fest.”
This news isn’t too shocking considering a number of media outlets are still trying to blame metal music, violent video games, violent movies, etc. for the recent mass shootings. The attack on metal is mainly connected to the Dayton, OH shooting, in which the gunman happened to be a metalhead. Obviously, the music has nothing to do the crime, but people have a tendency to look for scapegoats and this leads to unnecessary profiling.