Charbonnet explained that when Priority received the letter in August it was decided not to make the matter public. A copy was given to Phyllis Polack, executive director of the anti-rock-censorship organization Music in Action, who had long been a supporter of the group. She shared the letter with Marsh, her partner in Music in Action.
Asked why he didn't make the letter public earlier, Marsh said he did not want to make it public until he had investigated it. Marsh's story on alleged government involvement in censorship appears in the current issue of New York's Village Voice.
Charbonnet said that throughout a summer concert tour N.W.A was faced with attempts by local police departments, alerted to the "---- Tha Police" lyrics through a "fax campaign," to stop the group from performing. Local police feared, she said, that the group would incite violence against police officers. In several cities, N.W.A members met with local media to tell the public and police that they their fears were exaggerated.
The song itself, Charbonnet said, was not part of the group's concert repertoire, and "whatever the worst fears were, nothing happened." The only incident occured in Detroit on the last date of the tour last month when the crowd created a disturbance by chanting the song and the group left the stage. Later that day, the group was detained briefly at their hotel by police investigating the disturbance, but no arrests were made.