Miami Police Union President Urges Cops to Boycott Beyonce's Show
Beyonce's Super Bowl 50 performance continues to draw criticism from some police and their affiliates. Following Tuesday's flop of a Bey-cott in New York, the president of a Miami police union is calling on South Beach cops to boycott her forthcoming shows.
According to the Miami New Times, Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz targets the singer for saluting the Black Panther movement in her halftime performance -- where her dancers rocked Afros and berets -- as well as a scene from her "Formation" video where police in riot gear are shown with their hands up as a young black boy dances in a hoodie. The Black Lives Matter movement used "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" as a rallying cry that surfaced following the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.
In a release posted Wednesday (Feb. 17), Ortiz writes, "The fact that Beyonce used this year's Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice message shows how she does not support law enforcement."
He goes on to salute officers who were killed by Black Panther party members. "I salute NYPD Officer Richard Rainey, who succumbed to his injuries on February 16, 2016, from being shot by two Black Panthers, who he had pulled over in a traffic stop. I also salute the dozens of law enforcement officers that have been assassinated by members of the Black Panthers." To note, Rainey was wounded by gunshots in 1981 and passed away last March.
Beyonce is expected to perform in Miami's Marlins Park on April 27.