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Sheriff Wonders Whether Beyonce's Super Bowl Show Inspired Violence Against Police

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Beyonce "Formation" video

Someone fired several shots at the home of a sheriff in Tennessee Monday night. Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold held a press conference Tuesday morning, and openly wondered whether Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show might have had something to do with it.

"We all know, as soon as you put your uniform on, you're a target," Arnold said, according to The Daily News Journal. "You make people mad when you're just doing your job."

According to The Daily News Journal, Arnold said at the press conference he wondered whether the shots were inspired by the Super Bowl half-time show. "You know, Beyonce's video."

By yesterday afternoon, the sheriff was seeking to clarify his comments, releasing a statement that referred to the string of shootings of police officers in the week and a half since the Super Bowl. "My comments are an observation of the violence that has occurred but in no way is meant to offend anyone."

Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show featured a performance of the song "Formation" and included tributes to the Black Panthers, an organization founded in the Bay Area (where the Super Bowl was held this year) 50 years ago, Malcolm X, and Black Lives Matter.

A similar string of shootings last summer led to renewed hysteria about a "war on cops." One of those shootings ended up being a suicide. A large-scale manhunt was launched after the death of Joseph Gliniewicz, who committed suicide in a way as to make it appear to be a killing. 2015 ended up being one of the safest years on records for cops. There's not enough of a sample yet this year to assume anything different. The highest number of police killings in recent years came in 2007—there was no police reform movement to blame for the uptick back then.

As Jack Hunter wrote at Rare, much of the white dread over Beyonce's Super Bowl performance (and later Lamar Kendrick's Grammy performance) comes from a lack of understanding that black people might have a distinct American experience.

"These are African American artists who share the same history we all do, but also their own distinct history as black Americans—including their own heroes, tragedies and complex experience that won't always mirror everyone else's," Hunter wrote. "There's nothing wrong with that."

There is something wrong with blaming violent acts on speech, whether it comes from the left or the right, from civilian politicians or police officials.

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  1. On the one hand, the “war on cops” is a crock of shit. On the other hand, the Black Panthers were a murderous bunch of Marxists who shouldn’t be celebrated by anyone.

    1. Crock of shit? Gun Deaths Among Law Enforcement Up 700 Percent!!!

      (Well, when you tweak the numbers a bunch…)

      (But never mind that…)

      WAR ON COPS!!!

  2. I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone with a badge that Beyonce stole the awesome power of Sarah Palin’s crosshairs.

    1. What? She stole the power because she’s black?

      1. Beyonce didn’t get rich by writing a lot of checks.

  3. “You make people mad when you’re just doing your job.”

    Well then, maybe you should stop protecting those who do illegal and immoral stuff while on the job.

  4. the only thing it inspired me to do was change the channel.

  5. Beyonce’s dancing is hate speech. Sure, sounds about right.

    1. And don’t forget — she did say “Negro”.

  6. Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show featured a performance of the song “Formation” and included tributes to the Black Panthers, an organization founded in the Bay Area (where the Super Bowl was held this year) 50 years ago, Malcolm X, and Black Lives Matter.

    And Michael Jackson. Which was by far the most obvious tribute in the actual halftime show as opposed to the music video.

  7. “There is something wrong with blaming violent acts on speech, whether it comes from the left or the right, from civilian politicians or police officials.” Why? Wasn’t it just more speech?

  8. I’ve seen every Super Bowl since 1980. I’ve also missed every Super Bowl Halftime since 1980.

    That being said, what I don’t get about shows like Beyonce’s is how played out the”Black Panthers/Katrina/America’s Racist History” shit is. People in 2016are still trotting out reruns? And what does it say about pop culture that it turns supposedly serious issues into choreographed dance numbers? I don’t get it.

    1. Yes. The Black Panthers are nearly 50 years old. Our mass culture is really pathetic. Hate on the 1960s and 70s all you like, but at least they invented something.

    2. It’s only fitting. The performers are always names from the past. Why shouldn’t the same be true about the subject matter?

  9. lol thats pretty funny when you think about it.

    http://www.Anon-Net.tk

  10. So boredom causes people to shoot cops? I am pretty sure boring and unoriginal is the best way to describe her performance. At what point do people finally admit that Beonce sucks?

    1. You only think that because you don’t share the history of black Americans?including their own heroes, tragedies and complex experience that won’t always mirror everyone else’s, you privileged white shitlord hater.

  11. The persecution complex that the cops have is a very telling indicator that they actually know they have an absurdly privileged status in relation to “regular” people. The fact that any slight, no matter how small (“no officer, you can’t use the bathroom if you don’t buy anything”), is taken as an attack on them indicates that deep down they know that people have a reason to dislike them because of that status and how they casually abuse it constantly. They don’t want to give it up, but they also want to be treated with deference and respect without any possibility of resentment. It’s fucking asinine.

    1. Whenever someone claims that being a cop is a dangerous job, I like to point out that according to labor statistics for on the job mortality, cops don’t even make the top 20. Even garbage men have a much higher mortality rate than cops.

        1. Her evil knows no bounds.

    2. They just want their right of kiri-sute gomen to finally be enshrined in legislation. It makes them nervous that it’s only common law precedent.

    3. My ex-mother-in-law was like that. Always had to have things her way, but any disagreement brought on the tears and “i’m just trying to help and everyone hate me.” Cops are like my ex-m.i.l with a gun. Shit that’s scary.

  12. No one showed up to her protest.

    So, not sure what the cops fear.

    http://www.foxsports.com/nfl/s…..ent-021616

  13. Sheriff oughta check his privilege.

  14. For fun go read the comments on the Kevin Williamson article on conservative’s knee jerk support of the cops.

    1. Nothing about what you suggested sounds “fun”.

  15. “”These are African American artists who share the same history we all do, but also their own distinct history as black Americans?including their own heroes, tragedies and complex experience that won’t always mirror everyone else’s,” Hunter wrote. “There’s nothing wrong with that.””

    Yeah, ok.

    But substitute the word, “Southerners,” for “African American” and “black Americans,” and it becomes hate speech.

    1. Oh my god, you’re almost as racist as Irish to even suggest that.

      1. ALMOST.

        Seriously, Irish is super racist.

    2. But substitute the word, “Southerners,” for “African American” and “black Americans,” and it becomes hate speech.

      Are you fucking kidding? How many goddamn cable channels do you have already? One can barely get one word in about the region without being bombarded, ad nauseum, about how special, unique, different, the cultures of Dixieland, the Gulf, and Texas are.

      Is there a gospel song titled “Get Off That Old Rugged Cross?”

      1. I’m also confused because “Formation” is very clearly about being a Southerner.

        1. Nikki, the Euler diagram of “Southerner” and “Black” has no overlap. Don’t you know that?

          1. Ugh, yes.

  16. “You make people mad when you’re just doing your job.”

    Yep, right there in the job description:
    “38. Shoot dogs and random un-armed people.”

  17. “You make people mad when you’re just doing your job.”

    No asshole, you make people mad when your fellow officers do shit like shoot a man trying to get out of his wrecked truck and then your unions try every conceivable way to force us to continue to employ them.

    1. No shit. That was a new low.

      So the confusing part for me is that the guy supposedly shot the guy crawling out of the truck because he hated drunk drivers. How did he know this guy was drunk if the victim was still climbing out?

      1. He started following the vehicle after it left a bar without the lights on. The crash would just cement the idea that the driver was drunk.
        Of course he had no way of knowing if the woman ejected from the vehicle or the man climbing out was the actual driver, but he is on the record as having a hard on for drunk drivers after a relative was killed by one.

        Oh, and he once arrested a woman who had called for medical help because ‘based on his extensive training and experience’ he figured she wasn’t sick, just drunk or high.

        https://casetext.com/case/russell-v-cnty-of-butte

        Denise Russel vs County of Butte, et al.

        http://tinyurl.com/juelh97

  18. I watched the halftime show (and actually kind of enjoyed it) and completely missed all of the political overtones. People have been talking about how political it was and I honestly have no idea what they’re talking about. It’s like we watched two separate shows.

    1. Thank you.

      My wife and I watched the actual music video later that night and went “I don’t fucking get the ‘war on cops’ vibe that everyone else is bitching about”.

      1. But they show graffiti that says “stop shooting us!” That’s like, the same as killing cops!

        1. Don’t forget the cruiser sinking below the water.

  19. “You make people mad when you’re just doing your job.”

    Rampant officer malfeasance aside, your job is to enforce tens of thousands of unjust laws quite mercilessly. Yes, people are going to get mad at you. As they should.

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