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Detroit Police Sergeant Under Investigation After Comparing Beyonce’s Black Panthers Tribute Performance To KKK

February 11, 2016  | 

A Detroit police sergeant who allegedly criticized Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show by posting a reference to the Ku Klux Klan is being investigated.

The sergeant, who was unnamed but is reportedly a 17-year veteran of the department, apparently didn’t like the halftime performance — particularly Beyonce’s dancers, who were sporting afros, berets, and dressed in an all-black style similar to the Black Panther party. At one point in the performance, the dancers raised their fists to the sky and made a formation on the field in the shape of an X that, according to the sergeant, was attributed to black activist Malcolm X, WWJ TV.

The sergeant was so displeased with the performance that he took his opinion to his personal Facebook page, saying next year’s halftime show should include the KKK. The post included a photo of Beyonce’s dancers above a group wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes, according to a report by WJBK. It included the text: “So if the dance troupe at the top is ok for this years’ halftime show, then the one at the bottom should be ok for next years’, right?”

Comments (11)

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KBradford @ 2/11/2016 4:22 PM

Like I always told my troops the First Amendment rights don't apply to Police

Ok @ 2/11/2016 4:26 PM

It is a sad state of affairs.

ResAgentSWA @ 2/11/2016 5:28 PM

People don't like it when their hipocracy is exposed.

Tony Bloom @ 2/11/2016 6:14 PM

A big step backwards for Detroit's PD. Maybe they should consider extradition Milwaukee Co. Sheriff Clarke while they are at it. Worshiping at the alter of PC in hopes of not offending "special" groups, & Decades of liberal politics buried Detroit to where it is today...the same certainly no step forward. The fact is that the show in question was a blatant racist slap in the face. Change the skin tone of the performers, use a white supremist group of your choice, and you have the same moral equivalent---only now it will be okay to post against it.

Nathan Gray @ 2/12/2016 1:06 AM

Beyonce's music, lyrics, and choreography were a performance never made a derogatory racial statement towards another race of people.

Ordinary Joe @ 2/12/2016 5:52 AM

@Nathan Gray Soooo... equating the black panthers to the KKK is a racial derogatory statement? I hate to say this, but your PC is showing.

Robert @ 2/12/2016 8:39 AM

I really don't see how this LEO can equate the BPP with the KKK.
The KKK has been around for a 100+ years...and has a long history of violence against minorities (we are talking dozens or hundreds of killings). The majority of this violence was NOT prosecuted, because the local Criminal Justice System (LEO, DA, Judges and all white juries) held similar views...and in some cases were members of the KKK.
The BPP was active for about 10 years...and to the best of my knowledge had members convicted of 4 killings. These killings were all prosecuted and the offenders punished.
So to me this is like comparing a mole hill to a mountain...and just shows how this LEO in question feels he is victim, because free speech he doesn't like offends he will try and make a very silly and derogatory analogy.
The 1st Amendment does not apply to government speech and probably never will.
So when is a LEO off duty? That is a question that courts have always struggled with.

Eric @ 2/12/2016 8:59 AM

So, racist group is ok because they were not as racist as the other racist group. If your mole hill/mountain comparison is valid, how did that mountain begin.... At the end of the day...neither should exist, both groups are fools with only one defended by you and sang about by Bey....

Chuck W @ 2/12/2016 11:41 AM

Typical of you Robert, you try to deflect and use the same tired old argument. a hundred years ago the kkk did this, they have been doing this for a hundred years, blah, blah, blah, but my guys the blm have only been committing crimes and killing for ten years. compare your freaking mountain and mole hill to those that have been killed or injured by the blm folks, see if the kkk dead folks have anything different to say that the blm dead guys, I think the response will be the same. I see in your line of thought that these blm folks should get a free pass card until they have been killing for a hundred years and their tally equals the kkk, got to make it all even right? Until people like you stop with the flipping selective racism, and the selective accountability your selective racist agenda will continue. instead of promoting your selective racist agenda how about we just don't allow or accept or make excuses for any violent organization that preys on any American citizen.

RICHARD IDDINGS @ 2/12/2016 6:13 PM


Robert @ 2/14/2016 8:12 AM

Chuck and Eric ....did you even read what was posted:
1. When did I defende the BPP? I said the LEO argument was not valid.
2. You realize the difference between BLM and BPP right? One carried guns and shot some LEOs (and each other) in the 60s and gets arrested for protesting and usual makes silly comments.
3. To my knowledge BLM started 2 years ago...and have no murders / violent felonies committed by their leadership (unlike BPP).
4. To the BPP vs KKK argument ...the KKK continues to operate, killed hundreds and many of those deaths escaped justice (as the local police, DA! Judges and juries were corrupt)...the smaller number of violent acts by the BPP were vigorously prosecuted (some were overturned on appeal); the BPP faced justice.
Again the BLM may make silly comments and demands, but they are much different than either BPP or KKK.
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

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