by DANIEL NUSSBAUM
The Miami Fraternal Order of Police will boycott BeyoncÃ©â€™s upcoming concert in the city over the pop starâ€™s politically and racially charged performance at the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this month.
In a statement Wednesday, the police union said it had voted to boycott BeyoncÃ©â€™s April 26 concert at the Miami Marlins Stadium over what it called the singerâ€™s decision â€œto divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice messageâ€ during the halftime performance.
As Breitbartâ€™s Jerome Hudson previously reported, BeyoncÃ©â€™s halftime performance featured a tribute to the militant (and often anti-law enforcement) Black Panther Party, with the singerâ€™s African-American backup dancers clad in black leather jumpsuits and black berets. BeyoncÃ© performed her latest single, the politically-charged â€œFormation,â€ the video of which features Black Lives Matter imagery and a shot of the singer on top of a police car submerged in water in post-Katrina New Orleans.
The halftime show dancers later posed for a photograph with fists raised in the black power salute, and a few even posed with a sign reading â€œJustice for Mario Woods.â€
â€œWhile BeyoncÃ©â€™ 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,â€ Miami FOP President Javier Ortiz said in a statement.
â€œI also salute the dozens of law enforcement officers that have been assassinated by members of the Black Panthers,â€ he added.
The police unionâ€™s boycott is the latest development in the fallout from the pop starâ€™s performance.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Tennessee sheriff Robert Arnold blamed anti-police sentiment stirred by the halftime show for a rash of police officer murders across the country over the last week.
â€œWith everything thatâ€™s happened since the Super Bowl, with law enforcement as a whole, I think weâ€™ve lost five to seven officers, five deputy sheriffs since the Super Bowl, thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m thinking,â€ Arnold, whose own home was the target of a drive-by shooting earlier this week, said. â€œYou have BeyoncÃ©â€™s video and thatâ€™s kind of bled over into other things about law enforcement.â€
A campaign to boycott BeyoncÃ©â€™s music began shortly after the February 7 Super Bowl, gaining momentum after it was reported that the singer had received a police escort to the game.
A planned anti-BeyoncÃ© rally outside NFL headquarters in Manhattan on Tuesday drew just three protesters, while dozens of the singerâ€™s supporters showed up along with several Black Lives Matter activists.
Earlier this month, Tidal, the music streaming service owned by BeyoncÃ©â€™s husband Jay-Z, announced it would donate $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter and other national and local social justice organizations.
The singer has not yet commented about her halftime performance.
BeyoncÃ© is not the only celebrity to inspire pledges of boycott from the law enforcement community this year; in October, director Quentin Tarantino angered police unions nationwide when he marched in an anti-police brutality rally in New York City, and referred to police officers as â€œmurderers.â€ New York Patrolmenâ€™s Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch later credited a nationwide law enforcement boycott for the filmâ€™s disappointing box office receipts.