A Detroit police internal probe is coming into “Formation” after an officer compared Beyoncé’s Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl performance to a Ku Klux Klan rally.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said Thursday that his department is looking into the officer, whose tone-deaf post featured a photo of white-hooded Klansmen beneath a picture of Queen Bey’s dance crew.
“If the dance troupe at the top is okay for this year’s half-time show, then the one at the bottom should be okay for next year, right?” the officer wrote in a caption.
Craig said the cop’s own colleagues complained about the post, which has since been removed. The officer, whose name was not provided, is being reassigned to a different precinct, according to Detroit’s WXYZ-TV. He issued an apology on his Facebook page after receiving backlash for the post before deleting his account altogether.
“We work in a city that’s well over 80% African-American,” Craig told Detroit’s WJBK TV station. “To post something that has to do with a hate group like the Ku Klux Klan is problematic.
“Certainly this does not and shouldn’t represent our police officers,” he added.
Super Bowl viewers still haven’t stopped buzzing about Beyoncé’s polarizing performance of her activist anthem “Formation” — backed by dancers dressed like Black Panthers, the 1960s militant group.
Beyoncé’s show was widely praised — but some white conservatives said her reference to the Black Power movement was anti-cop.
“This is football, not Hollywood,” former Mayor Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Monday. “I thought it was really outrageous that she used it as a platform to attack police officers who are the people who protect her and protect us, and keep us alive.
“And what we should be doing in the African-American community, and all communities, is build up respect for police officers,” he continued.
Source: NY Daily News