The Miami Chapter of the Fraternal Order Of The Police, Lodge #20, voted yesterday to boycott Beyonce’s April Concert In Miami, adamantly claiming that her new music video and subsequent Super Bowl performance promote an anti-police message.
Javier Ortiz, whose Miami chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police counts over 1,100 officers, wrote in a press release that he didn’t watch Beyonce’s performance, which paid tribute to the Black Panthers and has been criticized by many conservatives as being anti-police.
“The Miami Fraternal Order Of Police has voted to have all law enforcement boycott Beyonce’s concert which is being held at the Miami Marlins Stadium on Wednesday, April 26, 2016” Ortiz said in a statement. “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.” The chapter strongly urged other law enforcement agencies around the country to do the same as Beyonce’s Formation tour kicks off in the spring.
Javier Ortiz, president of Miami Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #20, which represents 1,100 officers, wrote in a press release that he didn’t watch Beyoncé’s performance during halftime “out of respect for our profession.” The performance saluted the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers and has been criticized by some as anti-police.
“The Miami Fraternal Order of Police has voted to have all law enforcement officers boycott Beyoncé’s concert which is being held at the Miami Marlins Stadium on Wednesday, April 26, 2016,” Ortiz said in a statement. “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.” The organization urged other law enforcement agencies around the country to do the same.
In an email to the Huffington Post, Ortiz said that the union was urging officers not to work the concert. He also sent the meme below suggesting that Beyonce is hypocritical for receiving security detail.
Delrish Moss, a spokesman for the Miami Police Department, was quick to state that Ortiz and the Fraternal Order of Police did not speak for the police department or the city at large, and said he remains confident that Marlins Park would be adequately protected for the evening of Beyonce’s performance.
“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. As far as we see, there’s no indication that anything that is said there will translate into police officers not working the job,” Moss said.
Fox 13 reported Wednesday that no police officers in Tampa, Florida, had signed up to staff Beyonce’s concert, Tampa Police spokesman Steve Hegarty told HuffPost on Thursday that the event would be fully staffed.
Earlier this week, a Tennessee police sheriff who reportedly heard someone firing gunshots outside his home said this would never have happened if Beyonce hadn’t released her newest single.
Additionally, a union affiliated with the NYPD is reportedly considering a similar boycott at Beyonce’s Citi Field performance in June.