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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — The head of the Fraternal Order Of Police in Miami wants to talk to Beyonce Knowles – after calling for a boycott of her show.
Javier Ortiz said the FOP voted to boycott her Miami show over her “anti-police” message in her Super Bowl 50 performance.
“Beyonce who is a professional entertainer, very well respected used the foundation of Super Bowl 50, the halftime show to present an anti-police message and that’s why we’ve taken the position of boycotting any type of voluntary, extra duty assignments at her concert,” said Ortiz while on the Enrique Santos Show.
During the show, Ortiz had a personal message for Beyonce. The show has since been posted on YouTube and sent to the singer according to Ortiz.
“First of all, I love her music,” said Ortiz. “There’s an anti-police message that she’s put out and that’s what we don’t like and so I think it’s very important that instead of this continuing to be a topic of conversation across our nation. I think what would be awesome is if we could get with Beyonce and just have some dialogue and mend those fences.”
The video ends off with a message Ortiz says needs to spread throughout the community.
“The Fraternal Order of Police doesn’t see white or black. We see blue. I just want to put out there that all lives matter,” said Ortiz. “That’s something that we really need to really incorporate in our message to the rest of the United States.”
Following the FOP’s call, community leaders fired back saying officers have a right to decide if they want to volunteer and Beyonce has a right to express herself. The Miami Community Police Benevolent Association criticized Ortiz’s call for a boycott. The Miami-Dade Police Department says they are not taking part in the boycott.