Though Ultimately Responsible, Tampa Police Refuse To Work Beyonce’s Sold-Out Concert

THE INTELLECTUALIST
Posted on February 18, 2016, 5:03 pm
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From Fox 13:

‘…Beyonce has taken a lot of heat for her new song “Formation,” which critics claim has an anti-cop message.

Some Tampa Police officers might agree, if the request to work her upcoming Tampa concert is any indication. No one has agreed to do it.

Typically, officers who are off-duty agree to work concerts and sporting events at the venue for extra income, but none have signed up to work security for Beyonce’s upcoming concert on April 29 at Raymond James Stadium.

The concert is expected to be a sold-out show, so not staffing the event with uniformed officers would be a security risk.

Tampa Police Department spokesperson Steve Hegarty was unable to tell FOX 13 News if the lack of names on the list revealed officers’ feelings about Beyonce or the recent controversy surrounding her music and the Super Bowl halftime show where she and a group of dancers wore outfits themed after the Black Panthers.

“We’re going to staff it because we have a responsibility to do that regardless of how controversial it might be, who the artist might be, or the politician might be,” Hegarty explained.

Police officials said this would not be the first time officers were not interested in working for an event featuring a controversial politician or celebrity, but each time the department is able to ensure enough officers cover the venue prior to the event…’

 

 

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