Houston Cops Protest Beyonce's Hometown Concert
Houston cops staged a silent protest against Beyonce's Formation tour stop in her hometown this past weekend. Local outlet KHOU reports that law enforcement members of the the Coalition for Police and Sheriffs (C.O.P.S.) shone a blue light on the NRG Stadium, which hosted Bey's Saturday night show (May 7).
Cops say that the protest was in response to the singer's "Formation" video, where they believed "some of her performances to be anti-police," according to C.O.P.S. president Tony Ragsdale. Law enforcement is reportedly upset over imagery seen in the "Formation" video, where a New Orleans police car is seen sinking in water.
Last month, Bey spoke to Elle magazine about the "Formation" criticism, saying, "I mean, I'm an artist and I think the most powerful art is usually misunderstood. But anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe."
She continued, "But let's be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me. I'm proud of what we created and I'm proud to be a part of a conversation that is pushing things forward in a positive way."
Reps for Beyonce and C.O.P.S. were not immediately available for additional comment.