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Police protest Beyoncé show in Houston

The Coalition for Police and Sheriffs object to the Houstonian singer's "anti-police" message, said Pasadena police offer Tony Ragsdale

By IQ on 09 May 2016

Cops protest Beyoncé, NRG Stadium, Houston, KHOU

Members of Cops protest in Houston

image © KHOU 11 News

Beyoncé’s hometown concert in Houston, Texas, on Saturday was picketed by a police group.

The Coalition for Police and Sheriffs (Cops) protested around a mile away from the NRG Stadium against what Cops’ Tony Ragsdale, an officer with the Pasadena Police Department, described as “anti-police” performances by the singer. The group also shone a blue light at the stadium – likely a reference to the pro-police Blue Lives Matter movement, formed as a response to the Beyoncé-supported Black Lives Matter group.

The music video for ‘Formation’, the first single taken from new album Lemonade, shows Beyoncé lying atop a sinking police car in a flooded street and features numerous references to the shooting of young black men by American police. The Houstonian also performed ‘Formation’ at the 50th Super Bowl halftime show flanked by dancers in Black Panther-style outfits (these guys, not this guy).

Beyoncé last week added seven new US dates to her sell-out Formation world tour, promoted worldwide by Live Nation.

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