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Killer Mike’s father was a police officer, one who policed those he went to school with, the Run the Jewels MC says in an interview with Fader. However, Mike’s father didn’t want his children to follow in his footsteps:

A cop is the last thing he wanted any of us to be. He wanted us to be good citizens, and he always wanted us to be respectful of the law, but he never wanted us to be involved in law enforcement in any capacity.

“I had a friend named Jasper, and his dad was a police officer, too,” Mike continues. “When we were in elementary school, his dad got killed. That had a lot to do with my dad leaving the force. By then, he had gotten up to about three, four children. I think the job just seemed too dangerous, and he didn’t want to risk not being there for his children, so he made the sacrifice to go in another direction.” Mike, who is a proud member of the N.R.A., also uses the article to urge citizens to call government officials, read the U.S. Constitution and to use their cell phones to fight any abuse of power from law enforcement officials. Mike’s rapped about legal injustice on a series of songs, including this year’s RTJ/Zack De La Rocha collaboration “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)” and his 2012 single, “Reagan,” which you can hear below.