Beyonce’s Sis Has Run-In With Miami Beach Police

MIAMI BEACH (CBS4) – Solange Knowles is tweeting mad at the Miami Beach Police Department. According to the R&B singer, she was the victim of discrimination after an officer allegedly pulled a weapon on her for doing “nothing illegal” and now there’s an internal affairs investigation.

The Miami Beach Police Department confirmed Monday that it was investigating an incident which involved Solange Knowles, the younger sister of pop-superstar Beyonce Knowles.

The incident, according to police, took place after Knowles was not allowed inside “Club Cameo” on South Beach Sunday night because she was carrying a five-foot tall inflatable banana. Police claim Knowles got angry and she claimed the reasons she wasn’t allowed in the club were racially motivated.

In a press release, Miami Beach Police Department spokesman Juan Sanchez stated officers who worked off-duty at the club escorted Knowles across the street to “further the conversation, where Ms. Knowles claims one of the officers pulled a “weapon” on her, not a firearm, and threatened to deflate the banana.”

The younger Knowles took to Twitter to express her anger over the incident, which she claimed was the result of “discrimination.”

“I have literally had my last leg with discriminating police! Miami police department will be notified,” she first tweeted. “A police officer just pulled a weapon on me…. I have done NOTHING illegal, against the law, or anything of the sort.”

Knowles’ public rant against the police lasted for nine tweets.

“I’m only tweeting this to raise awareness. I could have left quietly, but I am sick & tired of this scenario being played over & over again,” she wrote. “It is time to do something about it. I am a mother raising a young black child in America. I’m going to die trying!”

In her tweets, Knowles indicated that she had the name of the officer who pulled the weapon and would be filing a formal complaint.

Sanchez confirms Knowles contacted the Miami Beach PD regarding the incident and the Internal Affairs Unit will be contacting her regarding her allegations.

No other information about this incident will be released from Miami Beach PD, said Sanchez, due to the Internal Affairs Investigation.

When Knowles originally tweeted the officer was from Miami, many thought the allegations were against the City of Miami, not Miami Beach.

Cmdr. Delrish Moss, spokesman for the Miami Police Department, clarified Monday in a statement that Miami PD was not involved.

“Over the weekend, the lion’s share of the mainstream and entertainment media reported that the Miami Police Department had a confrontation with Solange Knowles, the sister of Beyonce Knowles of record and movie fame. We have investigated and found that this incident DID NOT occur in our city,” Moss said in a written statement.

Knowles is known for her singing and dancing career and appearances in films such as Johnson Family Vacation. On Sunday night, she did also tweet about her big sister’s surprise pregnancy announcement at MTV’s Video Music Award Show (VMAs).

“One.And.Only. I could not possibly be more proud. Tears in my eyes,” she tweeted.

  • brother joe

    Hey Solange Knowles-
    Although you are one pretty sister, I think the racially motivated
    card has been pulled out one too many times !
    Being young, pretty, wealthy and sis to Beyonce does not get you
    any special treatment. Grow up !

  • Melinda Ferrell

    I have to agree with brother Joe on this one, grow up, they told you you could not go in the club, so you should have just left like anyone else that has the sense to do so, you are not special to the law therefor should respond and listen then no problem.

    • caramelmommy23

      was that a five foot tall inflatable banana in her pocket or did she just want to get in the club?

      • andy carr

        You are a funny girl LOL

  • Jimbo99

    I feel her pain, they wouldn’t let me in either with my 5′ inflatable Solange Knowles doll.

    • Ct America

      you are suppose deflate the doll on the car ride over and then blow it up after you get inside the club. comeon holmes think it thru.

  • AJ

    I live in Miami, and none is allowed to bring inflatable objects with them to a club. same thing would happen to a white girl.

  • Kimo Sabe

    That’s just part of the story..

  • Kimo Sabe


  • Kimo Sabe

    That’s just part of the story.. What most likely happened is . Ma’am you cannot bring that in with you.Answer why? It’s just a bananna . Well you cannot come in with that… answer @#$%^&* .Look now you are definatly not coming in.Throws the bannana and a tantrum… Step away or I will be forced to take you down… (her version : They didn’t let me in with a 5 foot bannana and used deadly force to make me leave.)

  • AJ

    if that’s exactly the words that came out of your mouth then of course they aren’t gonna respond nicely. I’ve dated a cop for years and the last thing you should do is badmouth. just stay quiet, better yet be nice, and you might even get off the hook. in fact that happens quiet often.
    cops deal with a lot of serious things, so hearing some punk being all smart-ass and disrespectful, will just make them want to teach you a lesson
    you being nice- refreshing to them. you don’t annoy them and you get spared from a hefty ticket.
    just saying ;)

    • Melissa

      A little diplomacy and manners will make things easier for anyone. Some folks just want to do things the hard way I suppose…gives the rest of us something to laugh at.

  • JapesMacFarland

    It wasn’t because you’re skin has more melanin in it, more probably because the 5 foot banana in the nightclub was considered a problem. Isn’t that obvious? what the heck is she talking about??

  • JapesMacFarland

    You wrote: “.. I told the officer with all due respect just write the ticket because I really don’t care to hear what you have to say.”

    Yet cops in general put themselves in harm’s way, to protect strangers, on a daily basis. More times in a week than most of do in a lifetime. This *deserves* the respect of a presumption that he’s also a decent guy. I know it isn’t always true, but when you just assume he’s going to be a jerk, or worse, this reflects badly on you.

  • John C

    So were the police called because the club refused let her in with the inflatable banana, or because she refused to get rid of the banana or leave peacfully?

  • Big John Studd

    ??? I’m confused. You try to bring a 5ft inflatable banana into a club and get upset because a cop says you can’t come in. My first question is why are you bringing a banana into a club in the first place?? That would be a bigger story! Now if you was trying to bring in a 5ft monkey than that may be discrimination,but you probably like them slightly bigger!

  • Noo Yawkah

    Actually you’re the one who sounds like a street punk.

    • jeb

      Actually, he sounds like a little man with a tiny wiener…

  • Chet


  • Goodgold

    Yes, it probably is racist. If it was up to me, it would be racist. I’m sick and tired of having all of these “people” around me with their nose stuck in the air. Wait till 2012 and they can stew in their humiliating defeat.

    • Princess

      C I wanted to say something mean but sooo many racist on here i’ma take her side. what does 2012 have to do with anything. KEEP OBAMA OUTCHA MOUTH!!WE STILL BETTER WE STILL BIGGER WE STILL IT!! SO yo mama didn’t get any attention from the black guy down the street after she used “I voted for obama”as the ice breaker. no more varocose veins.

  • Citizen X

    They threatend the bananna not her so why is she so upset unless she is a bananna right activist.

    • Laughing Man

      Well, she’s one of those damn banana lovers! If she gets her way, they’ll be everywhere! Maybe even dating your sister!

      • Mark

        Apparently she’s a size queen…

  • Ltpar

    When you have no other excuse for poor conduct in public, of course play the race card. Sorry sister, you get no sympathy here. If you want to be treated with respect, conduct yourself accordingly.

  • GH

    This is discrimination, they let me in with my 5 inch banana.

  • Bored

    OOO so sorry princess… no one is impressed with the ‘not so famous’ little sister…

  • FritZ Von

    Her cousin was murdered in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, you’d think she’d want Police officers to be proactive so no other cousins be gettin killed. Then again, look what we’re dealing with.

    • Laughing Man

      To me, it seems the family tree could use a little pruning.

    • Ugh

      That was actually Nicky Minaj fool.

  • Jim

    Did the cop fall for the “banana in the tailpipe” trick?

  • Smokin my Banana Peels

    Newsflash! Cops are racist against all bananas! All bananas must band together in protest! Peel back the layers of discrimination against bananas!

  • ricardo maxwell

    Time to put a stop to the race card being played every five minutes.

  • ricardo maxwell

    Too bad they didn’t Rodney King you. It sounds like you need a good beatin’

  • Ty Webb

    Moon-Crickets being Moon-Crickets.

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