The union leader ask police to not work the singer’s concerts, saying her performance has “divided Americans”.
The Miami Fraternal Order Of Police, a Florida police union of roughly 1,100 officers, has voted to boycott the forthcoming Beyoncé concert in response to her Super Bowl halftime performance and recent single, ‘Formation’, Huffington Post reports.
“The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement,” said Javier Ortiz, president of Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #20 in a statement.
Though Ortiz says he did not actually watch the Super Bowl performance “out of respect for our profession”, he and his union are urging police officers to not work the concert and encouraging police organizations throughout the country to follow suit.
The concert is planned for April 26 at Miami Marlins Stadium and is the opening date of the megastar’s Formation World Tour.
Major Delrish Moss, a spokesman for the Miami Police Department, stressed that the Fraternal Order Of Police union does not speak for the actual police department, that large concerts are usually staffed by multiple agencies and that their department was associated with a different union, the Police Benevolent Association.
“Right now the union president has his First Amendment right to say whatever he wants to say, but that doesn’t always translate to reality, Moss says, adding “as far as we see, there’s no indication that anything that is said there will translate into police officers not working the job”.
Revisit the truly incredible video for ‘Formation’ below.