Miami Police Union Plans to Boycott Beyonce's Upcoming Concerts
The Miami police union is calling for a boycott of Beyoncé's upcoming concerts in the city.
The Miami chapter of The Fraternal Order of Police issued a statement saying the star "used this year's Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message."
The Miami FOP has voted to boycott Beyoncé’s April 26th show at Marlins Park. The concert kicks off her Formation World Tour.
The chapter president Javier Ortiz tweeted:
But Miami's Police Chief Insists his officers will keep the concert safe.
Chief Manuel Orosa told WSVN: “I think that the First Amendment protects Beyoncé and Javier Ortiz to voice their opinions. It's really his duty to bring forth issues such as this. A boycott of volunteers doesn't mean that the event is not going to be policed."
Earlier this week, a Tennessee sheriff, Robert Arnold, blamed the singer’s Super Bowl performance for escalating anti-police violence after shots were fired outside his home.
“With everything that happened since the Super Bowl, with law enforcement as a whole, I think we lost five to seven officers, five deputies sheriffs, since the Super Bowl, that is what I am thinking. Here's another target on law enforcement. You have Beyonce’s video and that has kind of bled over into other things about law enforcement,” he told The Tennessean.
Beyonce's Super Bowl show honored the Black Panther movement of the 1960s and 70s. Earlier this week a PBS documentary offered a chilling reminder of the hatred that existed between police and the Black Panthers.
At the Grammys on Monday, Beyoncé seemed to be responding to the controversy swirling around her.
“Art is an unapologetic celebration of culture through expression,” she said before she presented Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with their “Record of the Year” Grammy for the single “Uptown Funk.”