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            18. POLICE HARASSMENT

            Taunting the cops were the many articles riding the LAPD about their
            harassment (Drummer 6, pages 4, 12-14, Drummer 7, page 68; Drummer
            11, page 76) and their arch stupidity for raiding the gay play, What Do You
            Say to a Naked Waiter? The LAPD rushed on stage and arrested the cast,
            who each took campy bows to much audience applause, while the pissed-off
            cops rousted them off the stage and down the theater aisles in real handcuffs
            (Drummer 4).

            19. LAPD RAID ON LEATHER BAR, THE BLACK PIPE


            To summarize the previously analyzed LAPD bust of the Black Pipe, the
            Drummer feature rather much characterized the police raid as a kind of
            Keystone Cops’ invasion of the clowns (Drummer 3); perhaps this verbal
            provocation was the “beyond which not” for the LAPD that caused Ed
            Davis to retaliate by busting the April 10, 1976, Slave Auction as if to show
            the antagonizing Embry how a garden-variety gay raid could be escalated
            to operatic proportions that would cause regret and post-trumatic stress and
            bankruptcy. Embry’s column “In Passing” continued to exorcise his dud-
            geon at Ed Davis and the LAPD, Drummer 7 (July 1976), page 68. Also in
            Drummer 7, page 13, Embry published an unflattering photo of Ed Davis in
            a hell-fire preacher’s God-Has-Spoken pose shot by Bob Selan of the L. A.
            Free Press, and wrote the caption: “...in Los Angeles, EDWARD M. DAVIS
            [sic] is seldom challenged at all, by anyone.” Were Davis and Embry two
            peas in a pod who could not countenance one another? In the brawl around
            the Slave Auction, Embry’s imperial character and hubris emerged. Embry
            would brook no one telling him what to do whether it was the LAPD or his
            Drummer staff. I could not have morphed LA Drummer into San Francisco
            Drummer if Embry had not been distracted by his legal problems and had
            not been absent from the office for months before, during, and after his
            onset of cancer.

            20. LAPD IN THE CLOSET: GAY VICE COP


            In huge “red type” on a “yellow band” on the “dark cover” of Drummer
            13 appeared the screaming gay banner “Interview with a Gay Vice Cop,” a
            fiction (I think) published as a “true confession” to bedevil the LAPD by
            making them seem internally gay and corrupt. Embry’s passive-aggressive
            cover design was a red flag that kept the bulls angry.


              ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 03-14-2017
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