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Video: Raleigh Police Union to Vote on Beyonce Concert Boycott

February 23, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Raleigh Police Union to Vote on Beyonce Concert Boycott

The Raleigh Police Protective Association is expected to vote Tuesday evening on whether to boycott providing security for Beyonce's upcoming concert at Carter-Finley stadium on May 3, reports WTVD.

Association spokesman Brian Lewis says he's "optimistic" they'll avoid a boycott.

The vote is in response to Beyonce's Super Bowl performance. Some say her military-inspired performance salutes the Black Panther group and is "anti-police" and "pro-violence."

"Officers of all different races and walks of life found her stance deplorable," the president of the Raleigh Police Protective Association tells ABC11.

"I come from a police family, law enforcement family, so yeah I agree," said Erwin resident Caren Gallant. "I hope that happens, they get a boycott. And I'm trying to spread that on Facebook too."

The 7 p.m. vote will be at the Teamsters Local 391 building at 6317 Angus Drive in Raleigh.

Unions in Miami, Tampa and Nashville are boycotting Beyonce's concerts or have urged officers not to volunteer.

Some Beyonce fans say she was expressing herself and disagree with a boycott.

Comments (8)

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J.Johnson-Retired LEO @ 2/23/2016 5:56 PM

I hope that all the officers in the Raleigh area agree to boycott this event. And while Beyoncé has every right to her opinion and can voice her opinion in words or music. Yet all LEO's do not get that same right and if they were to voice an opinion while in uniform or not or on their own social media site that the dept. or higher ups deemed conduct not becoming, the LEO may be suspended or fired, as this has occurred. So to send a message to entertainers one must hit them in the wallet or bring negative publicity towards them, so a boycott is appropriate. Remember the Dixie Chicks and the boycott against them, quite effective. While the vast majority of Beyoncé supporters could care less about the boycott, at least Law Enforcement will make a statement by taking a stand. Enough is enough, Law Enforcement should start pushing back hard at entertainers that demean our profession.

Percy @ 2/23/2016 7:38 PM

@ J.Johnson-Retired LEO says "Law Enforcement should start pushing back hard at entertainers that demean our profession."

Or, just a thought you could stop demeaning yourselves.
I speak of the most recent clusterf**k, the case of Edgar Camacho-Alvarado.
Another unarmed innocent minority gunned down at 23 years old by a group of overzealous
executioners. They were at the wrong address shot and killed the wrong guy in 2 volleys and left him on the stoop of his own place for 14 hours.
He was working on his own vehicle on his property when the boys showed up and gunned him down. They then stole a phone from a relative who may have recorded the incident.
And as usual they have refused to say anything about the murder until they can find some way to hang an air freshener on it.
But please do continue to witter on about Beyonce and anyone else who doesn't want to hear the Jack Nicholson "you can't handle the truth" speech.

I hope she gets a private security, firm fewer people will die.

Robert @ 2/24/2016 9:18 AM

J.Johnson...I hope you understand the difference between a professional singer...and a person who is a public servant supported by the taxpayers?
LEO are given guns and badges...and are part of the Criminal Justice system. That system most not only be fair to all...but must appear fair to all. As such public servants, in that field, are held to a higher standard of appearance, conduct, etc....then the general public.
A public citizen can use racist talk (not nice, but legal)..but a public servant cannot....seems pretty simple. IF all LEOs want to boycott a product, that is also legal.
Lastly, if you don't like the requirements of the job (limited social media posts, etc.)...find another job. To the best of my knowledge there is no LEO 'contract' (such as a military enlistment), that forces a LEO to work the job.
IF I found out my employers social media policies were so restrictive AND social media was of great concern to me...I would quit and find a new job.

JM @ 2/24/2016 9:22 AM

Come on guys, lets not be whores like in other cities. Time to take a stand and boycott these liberal entertainment idiots that are "expressing themselves"... Either she believes in the crap she's promoting, or don't put it out there.

tedb @ 2/24/2016 10:27 AM

Hey about we take care of this troll problem? They are only stalking our board because they want to get a reaction from us and get under our skins like the parasites they are. about we just continue with our own conversations instead of responding to the trolls, ignoring them and their idiotic comments as if they aren't there? Eventually they will go away because that will take all the fun out of it for them. Just a suggestion.

Keith berry @ 2/24/2016 2:53 PM

How about listening to the's not anti police it's about Police brutality. .and if u can't see that ..then ur part of the problem. Start within

132&Bush @ 2/24/2016 9:34 PM

Sorry Keith but that is bull. This is from civilian who read site for news. I know the history of Black Panthers. They killed a lot of cops and were a criminal and terrorist organisation. For her to celebrate them was awful.

OK then @ 2/25/2016 1:21 PM

Unarmed? What about the gun that was recovered next to his body? Also, what does this have to do w/ the article?

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