Police in Pittsburgh, Penn., aren’t in a rush to file in formation for Beyonce’s upcoming concert. Instead, many are looking to boycott the show under the idea the singer’s latest project presents an image of anti-police to the public.
According to WTAE, police members took to the city’s union website to voice their reluctance to work at Heinz Field on May 31 where the singer will perform for over 50,000 for her Formation World Tour. FOP President Robert Swartzwelder told reporters that police officers don’t want to take up the secondary gig and plan to file a labor complaint due to Bey voicing her concern with police brutality in her music video for “Formation.”
Swartzwelder claimed events with the exception of the city’s latest marathon are voluntary jobs for police. This dance has been done before with Miami police in April, when they vowed to boycott the singer’s performance at Marlins Park. The show went off without a hitch as the singer honored Prince and the 13th anniversary of her breakout single, “Crazy In Love.”
The alleged boycott hasn’t been set in stone. Assistant Police Chief Scott Schubert didn’t share his thoughts on Beyonce but says the people are the city’s first concern.
“I don’t get involved in controversy, I just get involved with public safety,” Schubert said. “So we just need to make sure we have the appropriate public safety there for any event that we do.”
If the officers decide to move forward with their protest, they can always don the “Boycott Beyonce” apparel.