Raleigh Police Union Votes Not To Boycott Beyonce’s concert
The alert is gone for now, the Raleigh Police Protective Association voted not to boycott providing security for Beyonce's upcoming concert at Carter-Finley Stadium on May 3.
President Matt Cooper said : "We listened to all of our members and we came to an agreement that this was the best course of action,".
The vote took place in response to Beyonce's Super Bowl performance. According to some her military-inspired performance salutes the Black Panther group, and is "anti-police" and "pro-violence."
However, we all know that the good news often come with bad ones just in case we get too happy. In this scenario there isn’t an exception because unions in Nashville and Miami are boycotting her concert in their respective cities.
On Tuesday night, Teamsters Local 391, which has more than 550 officers as members of it, voted down the measure.
Cooper said that: "While we do have concerns over the perceived anti-law enforcement images Ms. Knowles used in her most recent music video and her halftime performance at the Super Bowl, we voted unanimously not to boycott the May 3 concert,"
Instead, the union, is encouraging officers to make an individual decision whether or not to volunteer to work the event off-duty. I think this is a good idea, it’s shows that every single officer is respected and valued enough to make his own decision.
Till now some officers have already refused to provide security for the concert.
However, despite that, an ABC11 Twitter Poll showed 62% of people were not in favor of a boycott.
"It wasn't anti anything I don't think. It was playing homage to a group that protected our rights in the past," Anita Wall said.
The Teamsters would not give out information about the numbers of its officers who are volunteering to work.
According to some Beyonce fans, she was just expressing herself and totally disagree with a boycott.
Major David Kelly of N.C. State's Public Safety Department says nothing would change as far as providing security at the stadium. He wouldn't comment further.