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Ice-T Prison Show Angers Officials

July 28, 2000

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ A performance by Ice-T at the Southern Desert Correctional Center has outraged some Nevada corrections officials.

The rapper was the subject of intense criticism in the 1990s over his band Body Count’s song ``Cop Killer,″ which many said condoned violence against police officers.

The concert took place Sunday at a medium security prison that houses more than 1,500 inmates. Ice-T did not perform ``Cop Killer.″

Ed Flagg, president of the Nevada Corrections Association, called the concert ``ridiculous.″

``I think it shows a complete lack of respect for the officers who work in the prisons on a daily basis with these inmates,″ Flagg said.

Organizers of the concert did not go through the proper channels within the Department of Prisons to gain approval, said department spokesman Howard Skolnik. State officials are investigating to see if disciplinary measures should be taken.

A spokeswoman for Ice-T did not return a phone call seeking comment.

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