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Today in Texas History – June 13

PMRC Punk Metal Rap Coalition: February 2013

From the Annals of the First Amendment –  In 1992, Law enforcement officials in Texas called for a ban on Ice-T’s song “Cop Killer” featured on his “Body Count” album.”  In Texas, the call for a Time Warner boycott was led by the Combined Law Enforcement Assn. of Texas (CLEAT).  The call apparently backfired as sales of “Body Count” – which had been out for several months – leaped 370% in Houston.  Soundscan, a New York research firm that tablulates US sales for Billboard magazine, noted that sales more than doubled in Austin, San Antonio and Dallas. Ironically, Ice-T would go on to play police Detective Odafin Tutuola in hundreds of episodes of Law & Order.