Houston cops protest outside Beyoncé concert — charge hometown star with being ‘anti-police’
Pop superstar Beyoncé got a rude hometown welcome on her return to Houston, when local law enforcement officers and supporters protested outside her concert on Saturday.
As fans lined up to see Beyoncé’s sold-out concert at NRG Stadium they were treated to cops, sheriff’s deputies and supporters — some wearing “Police Lives Matter” T-shirts — railing against her appearance, reports KHOU.
“Some of her performances we believe to be anti-police,” explained Tony Ragsdale, from the Pasadena Police Department and a member of the Coalition for Police and Sheriffs (C.O.P.S.).
To make their point, the members of C.O.P.S. shined a large blue light on the outside of the concert venue.
Police departments across the country have been critical of the performer since the release of her “Formation” video prior to her appearance during halftime in the last Super Bowl.
Besides references to Black Lives Matter — which many law enforcement officials see as a slam at their profession following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson — Beyoncé‘s video also featured a police cruiser sinking in the flood waters of New Orleans.
Previously, the Tampa Police Department encountered difficulties getting cops to volunteer to work security at her sold-out show in April.
Watch video of the Houston protest below: