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Tampa Police Will Work Beyonce’s April Show There


Harry How/Getty ImagesThe Miami, Florida police union may have voted to boycott Beyonce’s upcoming concert there, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be police working her subsequent show in Tampa.

Javier Ortiz, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police, says in a Thursday press release, “The fact that Beyoncé used this year’s Super Bowl to divide Americans by promoting the Black Panthers and her antipolice message shows how she does not support law enforcement,” referring to Beyonce’s “Formation” video and Super Bowl performance.  “We ask all law enforcement labor organizations to join our boycott across the country and to boycott all of her concerts.”

Beyonce is scheduled to play Miami’s Marlin Stadium April 27.  Two days later, her tour plays Tampa, Florida’s Raymond James Stadium, but reports Thursday that no police had signed up to work that show are untrue.

A tweet from the Tampa Police Department reads, “What?! @TampaPD officers have been in #formation for days signing up to keep the #Beehive safe! #Truth #Fact.”

A second tweet refers to an online story that Tampa officers won’t work the event, and declares, “This is factually incorrect. We do have ofc signed up to work the Beyonce concert & the event will be fully staffed.”

Tampa Police spokesman Stephen Hegarty told the Tampa Bay Times Thursday that because the show is two months away, “We wouldn’t expect all the slots to be filled at this point for an event in April. We have plenty of events before that.”

If there is a boycott, the police department would have to bring in on-duty officers to work the show, according to the Times.

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