Photo: Plane flies 'Blue Lives Matter' banner over Beyonce concert
Several police unions called for the boycott of the famous singer
By PoliceOne Staff
TAMPA — A plane displaying a pro-law enforcement slogan flew near Friday’s sold-out Beyonce concert.
In what is likely another response in the ongoing battle between the popstar and various law enforcement organizations and supporters, the plane carried a banner reading “#BLUELIVESMATTER,” according to WFLA. Several witnesses posted photos to social media of the plane.
Beyonce drew criticism after her Super Bowl performance — interpreted by some as highlighting the Black Panthers movement — and the music video for her single “Formation,” which critics labeled as anti-police.
Several police unions called for the boycott of the famous singer, and although there were rumors of Tampa police refusing to work the concert, the department told the media that officers would be providing security.
Beyonce responded to critics in the May 2016 edition of Elle magazine and said her message is not anti-cop.
“Anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken,” she told Elle. “I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keep us safe. But let's be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things.”