Rap video gets officials in trouble

August 13, 2009 8:23:05 AM PDT
Two police officers and a city manager of a southeast Texas town are in trouble for their role in a rap video. Taft Police Chief Paul Rivera has recommend two officers be fired for their help with making the video, featured on YouTube, about "Swangn."

Swangn involves vehicles weaving in and out along streets.

The rappers refer to drugs and flash hand signals in the nearly 4-minute video, which says its presented by 1 Heartbeat Records. The profanity-laced video also shows adults and a few children dancing, Taft landmarks like the water tower and school stadium, decked-out cars and big trucks winding down streets and at least one police car. An officer is shown shaking his head.

The Taft City Council on Tuesday voted to issue a written reprimand to City Manager Flo Sauceda for giving permission for the video shoot.

Sauceda has said she thinks the video shows "cultural diversity."

City Councilman Ronnie Segovia says the video portrays an image that Taft is trying to overcome.

"I'm not going to condone anything like that in our community," Segovia said. "We have already had a lot of people from Taft that have been caught with drugs. To have this come about puts a damper on our community."

Segovia told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times on Wednesday that he does not think "we should have had this video pop out like that."

Video producer Israel Lopez has said there is no reason for city officials to be upset. "There was nothing in the video to be mad about," Lopez said.

Taft is a town of about 3,400, located 15 miles north of Corpus Christi.

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