A filmed attempt at cop humor has landed some West Covina residents in hot water after the YouTube video went viral.
"Save Miranda!" depicts what appear to be uniformed police officers and police cars from the West Covina Police Department. Two cop cars pull over a man and hold him at gunpoint in a search for "the little girl." The street-side interrogation ends with raucous laughs and gunshots into the air as an officer points to the driver and clarifies, "There's the little girl!"
While there aren't any West Covina police officers in the film, two staffers in the police department both appear in the video and helped make it, according to KTLA.
City Councilman Mike Touhey denounced the video as a misuse of public property, and he is considering a lawsuit against the film producer and the city workers who participated in the spoof, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
The subject of the film gets even less funny when you consider that West Covina has been sued in recent years for police brutality and aggression; one for a false arrest in retaliation for a sexual relationship, and one for the shooting of an unarmed man.
The agenda for the upcoming city council meeting has been changed so that officials can discuss the video.
"Save Miranda!" ended up on Will Ferrell's comedy site FunnyOrDie.com (it has since been removed), and even CBS News linked, uncritically, to this "hilarious and educational" video. As of this writing, the video on YouTube has almost 1 million views.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this news entry incorrectly stated that Councilwoman Shelley Sanderson denounced the video when in fact she had given no comment on the matter. We regret the error.