The Washington Times reports that the Tampa Police Department is having trouble getting officers to volunteer to provide security for pop superstar Beyonce’s upcoming concert, following her recent, controversial Super Bowl halftime performance of the song “Formation,” which many critics have argued is anti-police.
Off-duty officers frequently volunteer to work concerts and sporting events for the extra income, but so far no one has signed up to work Beyonce’s April 29 concert at Raymond James Stadium, which is expected to sell out.
Police spokesman Steve Hegarty didn't speculate on whether the lack of signups indicated that officers might be angry about Beyonce's pro-Black Panthers Super Bowl performance and the song's Black Lives Matter theme. In any case, he said,
“We’re going to staff it because we have a responsibility to do that regardless of how controversial it might be, who the artist might be, or the politician might be. This is a couple of months away, so we’ve still got plenty of time to fill those slots.”
Meanwhile, the Miami Fraternal Order of Police issued a press release Thursday stating that they are planning to boycott Beyoncé’s concert in April and are urging others to do the same. Javier Oritz, President of the Miami FOP, said in the press release:
“The fact that Beyoncé 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. We ask all law enforcement labor organizations to join our boycott across the country and to boycott all of her concerts.”