"Law & Order: SVU" star Ice-T has undeniably had a controversial past with police officers, but what about the present? These days, fans of Ice-T can catch him in the role of a police officer on the long-running "Law & Order: SVU," where he has starred for more than 15 years as Det. Fin Tutuola.
Ice-T gained fame in the late '80s in the hip-hop game only to rise to a new level of notoriety as the leader of the heavy metal band Body Count, who released the controversial song "Cop Killer" in 1991. The lyrics of the protest track were written by Ice-T, who was fed up with police brutality in his Los Angeles neighborhood.
As ironic as the West Coast rapper's life appears in the limelight, Ice-T shares that not much has changed in regards to his relationship with police officers in real life. The rapper-actor says that it is still gamble when he comes in contact with police officers. He asserts that cops are human and that while some are good, others are bad.
"Some cops will give you a pass," Ice-T tells Zap2it. "Then there are other cops that go, 'We're gonna prove that we don't have preferential treatment.' And they go out of their way to be assholes."
Ice-T shares that his personal experiences with police haven't changed much, since becoming a cop himself onscreen.
"I'm black so when the lights come on, I'm nervous for life," he says. "So I don't trust anybody with guns, including cops. I'm a gangsta, I'm from the hood."
Ice-T returns with the rest of the squad to "Law & Order: SVU" on Wednesday, March 23 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.