At least one police union is so angered by Beyoncé’s new song “Formation” that it has voted to boycott the singer’s future performances. NBC reports that the Miami Fraternal Order of Police is asking union officers to refuse to work at the singer’s Miami performance, and is urging all police labor organizations in America to continue the boycott as she tours. The New York Daily News reports that at the NYPD’s Sergeants Benevolent Association also backs the boycott.
Miami FOP president Javier Ortiz believes that the pop star spread a toxic anti-police message when she paid homage to the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther movement during her Super Bowl half-time performance. “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 wrote in a letter. “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. I also salute the dozens of law enforcement officers that have been assassinated by members of the Black Panthers.”