+1Posted on Jul 29th, 2011 | re: Stereogum Presents... STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It (186 comments)

NYC Cops was never a protest song by the Strokes though. Julian has done several interviews where he states that line was just filler until he could come up with something better. Eventually it grew on them and they kept it. Listen to the rest of the lyrics, nothing about police brutality in there.