The head of one of New York city’s police unions said his members might boycott an upcoming Beyoncé concert in solidarity with their brothers in blue in Miami and Tampa, who are already indicating they stay away.
On Thursday, a Tampa police spokesperson said that no officer had signed up to work at the pop singer’s April concert. Later in the day, the head of Miami Fraternal Order of Police issued a press release formally stating that they were planning their own boycott.
Thursday evening the Tampa Police Departments stated that “dozens” of officers had signed up to work — but could not provide a list, saying it was “decentralized” across multiple divisions.
According to PIX11, the head of the New York’s Sergeants Benevolent Association said he is thinking about telling his members to also sit out the opportunity to make some extra pay when the Beyoncé plays Citi Field.
At issue is the singer’s performance at the Super Bowl — and video — for her song “Formation”, which some police officers say is anti-cop.
“Law enforcement across the country has to make a statement that we’re not bad guys and she’s got to stop portraying us as bad guys,” said New York union head Ed Mullins.
Mullins stated that he is going to discuss the idea of a boycott with his board, but that he would like to meet with the singer before making for a decision, saying he wants her to tone down what he perceives to be her anti-police rhetoric.
New York’s larger police union, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, has yet to make a statement on any planned actions or inaction, as the case may be.