The NYPD Is Willing to Protect Beyoncé Under One Condition

The NYPD Is Willing to Protect Beyoncé Under One Condition

Are they serious?

Published February 20, 2016

In your Saturday edition of "get a life," the New York Police Department is apparently bothered by Beyoncé's Super Bowl 50 Halftime show performance, so much so that they're offering the pop star safety in exchange for an apology.

You read that right. According to TMZ, the NYPD wants the "Formation" singer to publicly explain that her pro-Black halftime performance was not an attack on cops.

"Our NYPD sources admit they don't believe Beyoncé was advocating hostility toward police in her homage to the Black Panthers," a statement on the department's site reads. "Problem is... they say that's the way it came across for millions of viewers."

Cops are reportedly not happy and don't want Queen Bey to "promote violence," but are willing to protect her once she explains why she chose that particular treatment for her performance.

According to Pix11, Ed Mullins, the President of New York's Sergeants Benevolent Association wants Bey to stop painting the police as villains: "Law enforcement across the country has to make a statement that we're not bad guys and she's got to stop portraying us as bad guys." 

Mullins went on to add that by boycotting her two sold-out Citi Field stadium shows for her Formation World Tour — yep, apparently there's a full-on NYPD Beyoncé boycott — the cops' message will more clearly be portrayed.

Former homicide detective "Bo" Dietl, who runs an internatonal security business, also felt the need to add that he's disappointed in Beyoncé and won't be supporting her sold-out tour. "As much as I like business, I would not provide any security personnel for her concerts," he said.

We have a feeling Beyoncé doesn't necessarily need the help of the NYPD to be "protected." Have they seen her bodyguard, Julius? She's gucci. Regardless, TMZ updated their story to add that their sources report that the NYPD "will fully protect Beyoncé when she's in NYC."

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Written by Moriba Cummings


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