After taking a sip of coffee in a booth at Hill’s Cafe, Mark Gil, a former Austin police officer who now works as director of risk management at the Texas Facilities Commission, clasps his hands on the table. Then he starts to rap.
It’s his booth, in a manner of speaking, with a plaque that bears his name and three framed photographs memorializing his past performances as the alter-ego he created more than 20 years ago — a cop rapper named Police Ice. The moniker is a nod to Vanilla Ice, Ice Cube and Ice T, but the lyrics Gil has penned bear no resemblance to songs like “Cop Killer.”
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