During the Super Bowl, Beyoncé announced her Formation World Tour would be kicking off in April. The Fraternal Order of Police have planned to boycott working security at her concert in Miami, because they feel her latest single, Formation, sends an anti-police message.
Lt. Javier Ortiz, confirmed Thursday that members of the Miami FOP chapter voted to boycott working security for Beyoncé’s concert on April 26th. Ortiz called for all law enforcement officers across the country to join them, and boycott all of her concerts.
In an official statement released by Ortiz, he explained the reasoning for the boycott. He stated, “The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her anti-police message shows how she does not support law enforcement.” Ortiz goes on to challenge Beyoncé to read the eighty-six page death investigation report of Michael Brown that was written by the United States Department of Justice.
Ortiz also stated, “While Beyoncé physically saluted the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers movement at the Super Bowl, 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.“
It has not been specified whether the boycott is an order or request, and if it applies to union cops only. It has been reported that no Miami officer has signed up to work security for her April 29th concert. Beyoncé has yet to comment on the matter. You can read the official statement from Ortiz here, and read more on the story here.