May 9, 2016 3:43:52 pm
Law enforcement officers gathered outside Beyonce’s hometown concert in Houston, Texas to protest the alleged anti-police message in her Formation video.
The 34-year-old superstar’s Formation World Tour touched down at the NRG Stadium over the weekend, but fans arriving at the venue were met by members of the Coalition Of Police And Sheriffs (COPS), who staged a demonstration nearby and shone a blue light in the direction of the arena, reported Contactmusic.
The officers were among a group which had taken issue with Beyonce’s decision to spotlight the ongoing problem of police brutality in the US in the emotionally-charged promo for Formation.
She further incensed authorities in the days after the song’s release in February, when she paid tribute to the Black Panthers movement – a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organisation in the US – during her Super Bowl halftime show.
The imagery prompted members of police unions in various US states to launch boycotts, threatening not to work as volunteer officers during the trek.
“Some of her performances we believe to be anti-police,” COPS demonstrator Tony Ragsdale said.
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