A Rutherford County, Tennessee sheriff is wondering if a shooting incident outside of his home was inspired by the video for Beyoncé's black anthem Formation and subsequent pro-Black Panthers, anti-cop-style performance during halftime at the Super Bowl.
Sheriff Robert Arnold was at home with his family Monday night when eight shots rang outside of his home. Concerned for their safety, he told his family to run upstairs and looked out the window to see a dark gray Nissan Altima driving past his house. No one was injured and according to his own account, no bullet holes were found on the outside of his house, only the .22-caliber shell casings in the street.
Fresh on Sheriff Arnold's mind that night were the recent killings of several law enforcement officers since the Super Bowl and couldn't help but wonder if this shooting was somehow a result of what he called the "anti-police entertainment" at the halftime show.
When speaking to media, Arnold said:
Once I, kind of, figured everything out, you know, with everything that's happened since the Super Bowl and with law enforcement as a whole -- I mean, I think we've lost five to seven officers -- five deputy sheriffs since the Super Bowl -- that's what I'm thinking: here's another target on law enforcement.
Arnold went on to say, "We all know, as soon as you put this uniform on, everyday you’re a target. Unfortunately, for this incident, me being in my position and a law enforcement officer, I'm just a bigger target as an elected official and the chief law enforcement officer of the county."
TruthRevolt Editor-in-Chief Mark Tapson described the imagery displayed in Beyoncé's video:
The day before the Super Bowl, Beyonce released the video for "Formation," which features the singer lying on top of a sinking police cruiser in a flooded, post-Katrina New Orleans, as well as a black child in a hoodie dancing in front of a line of police officers in riot gear, and graffiti on a wall that says, “Stop shooting us.”
Arnold's statement via The Tennessean: