RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Raleigh Police will be providing security at the upcoming Beyoncé show. After meeting with its members, the Raleigh Police Protective Association said the decision to not boycott providing security was unanimous.
“We listened to all of our members and we came to an agreement that this was the best course of action,” President Matt Cooper of the Raleigh Police Protective Association said.
It’s been more than two weeks since Beyoncé’s half time show at Super Bowl 50. The military inspired performance, which appeared to salute the Black Panthers, continues to generate controversy. Some telling WNCN it was anti-police and pro-violence. And it’s what led the Raleigh Police Protective Association to consider a boycott.
“It’s overblown I mean. She was making a statement based on some incidents that have happened,” Brian Speese of Durham said.
“It was a good performance. I don’t see what all the uproar is about,” Eric Brown of Raleigh said.
Beyoncé is scheduled to perform at North Carolina State University’s Carter-Finley stadium. The Association has about 550 members. But they declined to say how many would be needed to provide security at the show.
“You’re fighting fire with fire on that one. It’s just going to cause a little bit more uproar,” Chad Squirewell of Raleigh said.
And police unions in several cities where Beyoncé has upcoming shows have decided to boycott. We asked Cooper about that.
“I don’t live in those cities but hopefully they’re representatives are representing their viewpoints,” Cooper said.
Police officers will be able to opt out of providing security. These are off- duty officers volunteering for the extra shift.