Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show and her “Formation” music video triggered police unions in Miami, Tampa and Nashville to boycott any off-duty security work for her upcoming concerts — but Raleigh’s police union unanimously voted not to boycott.
The Raleigh Police Protective Association voted Feb. 23 not to boycott her world tour concert to be held in Raleigh May 3.
“It is our duty as a professional organization to protect and serve regardless of anybody’s political ideology,” said Rick Armstrong, spokesperson of Raleigh Police Protective Association.
One week after this decision, a Raleigh police officer was involved with a shooting that resulted in the death of a 24-year-old African American man, who was identified as a drug suspect, sparking protest about police brutality in black communities.
Still, Armstrong said other police unions’ decisions to boycott are democratic.