Torn The Fuck Apart

Torn The Fuck Apart Questioned By Police At A Walmart After Callers Labeled Them “Suspicious”


With heavy metal fans, video games and violent movies once again under attack by the media and U.S. officials, it shouldn’t be a surprise that a traveling metal band were recently the victim of some profiling. That group, Torn The Fuck Apart, found themselves questioned recently by several police after being spotted sitting in their van at a Forest Park, IL Walmart parking lot.

According to the band, the police told them they had received multiple calls about the group looking like “suspicious characters”, leading the cops to come and question them. Fortunately, the incident was defused quickly upon a few questions with the police, with the officers even taking part in some arrest pranks at the expense of the band’s drummer, who was inside the store picking up some supplies.

Speaking with MetalSucks, the band’s vocalist/guitarist Michael Langner stated of the incident:

“In the morning we had stopped and parked in the back of the Walmart parking lot in forest park, IL to stretch out and grab a few things after a night off of tour and enjoying the Chicago Domination Fest. We had been there for about an hour as our drummer was inside the store getting a few things, and about 15 mins after he went in we heard radio dispatch from behind the van and noticed a cop car pull up behind us. Just as quickly we saw three more pull up and surround us.

After a few minutes of answering questions, the cop said that they were there because they had received multiple calls about a dark van with “suspicious characters ” in it. After all IDs were checked they knew that wasn’t the case. The cops were very professional and respectful to us after they realized we were no threat to anyone, and they even took pictures with us as though we were under arrest, and played along with us to tell our drummer we had warrants and were under arrest when he came back to the van.

We don’t blame the cops for doing their jobs; they handled it well. But it was upsetting that we had been profiled for the way a “metalhead” looks. This isn’t something we haven’t encountered before and life goes on. Now we get ready for our last show of the tour Saturday at the Chicago Domination Fest.”