Springsteen's Diallo song angers cops again -- NYPD declines to escort the Boss after he plays ''American Skin (41 Shots),'' according to the New York Daily News

By Brian Hiatt
Updated October 08, 2003 at 04:00 AM EDT

It should be clear by now to Bruce Springsteen that New York City cops aren’t too fond of his song ”American Skin (41 Shots”), which was inspired by the NYPD’s shooting of unarmed Guinea native Amadou Diallo in 1999. Nonetheless, the Boss played the tune, which once inspired a Fraternal Order of Police official to call him a ”floating fag,” Wednesday night in Flushing, New York’s Shea Stadium. In response, NYPD chief of department Joseph Esposito yanked Springsteen’s police escort for Friday night’s follow-up show, according to the New York Daily News. But after Springsteen didn’t repeat the song, the police once again escorted Springsteen for his ride out of the stadium Saturday night.

An NYPD spokesperson confirmed to that Springsteen received an escort on Wednesday and Saturday, but not on Friday. But the spokesperson declined to comment further on the Daily News’ account. Reading from a prepared statement, the spokesperson also said that drummer Max Weinberg had received a special escort from LaGuardia Airport to the show on Wednesday because he was running late.

Springsteen’s publicist didn’t respond to a request for comment, but the Boss did open his final Shea show with the unreleased song ”Code of Silence,” which includes the lyrics, ”We keep pretending there’s nothing wrong/ There’s a code of silence, and it can’t go on.”