Seeing that 7 members of law enforcement have been killed since Beyonce’s anti-cop, pro-Black Panthers, pro-Black Lives Matter Superbowl halftime show, I suppose the sheriff does have reason to question whether he was targeted because of the performance. Watch below as Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold explains what happened, and how his first thoughts steered towards the shooting being “Beyonce” inspired.
The Daily Mail reported on Beyonce’s halftime show:
In wearing berets and black leather jackets, they had been paying homage to the militant Black Panthers movement on the 50th anniversary of its founding. The X formation was a tribute to the radical black separatist Malcolm X, and the performance was also intended to honour the Panthers’ modern-day successors in opposing what they see as institutional racism in America — the Black Lives Matter movement.
A row is raging in America over the fact that the gun-toting Black Panthers Beyonce saluted were murderous criminals who shot police, robbed and extorted under the cover of fighting for justice for African-Americans. As for Malcolm X, he opposed Martin Luther King’s creed of non-violence and wanted to create a new nation just for blacks.
The Tennessean covered the shooting:
MURFREESBORO — Other than being the sheriff and a member of law enforcement, Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold doesn’t know the motive for shots fired outside his Osborne Lane home Monday night.
“We all know, as soon as you put your uniform on, you’re a target,” he said at a news conference Tuesday morning at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. “You make people mad when you’re just doing your job.”
Arnold said when he first heard the shots, he wondered if they were inspired by the Super Bowl halftime show.
When asked to clarify that comment, he added, “You know, Beyonce’s video.”
Beyonce recently released the video “Formation,” which has been described as representing the African-American experience.
Set in New Orleans, the video shows images of the flooded city after Hurricane Katrina. In one scene, the pop singer performs from the roof of a police car that is mostly under water.
She performed “Formation” during the Super Bowl halftime show.
In an email Tuesday afternoon to further clarify the sheriff’s Super Bowl statement, Arnold said, “My comments reflect the violence and senseless killing of seven deputies in the U.S. since the show aired. My comments are an observation of the violence that has occurred but in no way is meant to offend anyone.”
The email also included a link to The National Sheriff’s Association’s website with the following information: “The senseless killing of four law enforcement officers just this week — on the heels of the anti-police “entertainment” at the Sunday Super Bowl halftime show — reminds us that the men and women in law enforcement take a solemn oath that includes putting their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens.”
According to national media reports, those shooting deaths included two deputies in Maryland shot by a gunman they were called to investigate, a deputy in Colorado who tried to detain a man reported to be carrying a gun by some railroad tracks, a North Dakota officer shot in a standoff and a Georgia officer shot while serving a warrant. In Utah, one deputy was killed and another wounded in a shootout.
Local investigation continues
Murfreesboro Police are investigating the shooting near the Arnold home, which is in city limits.
According to the report filed by Officer Steven Vajcner, Arnold was on the phone at 8:18 p.m. when he heard approximately eight shots fired at the house.
“He then told his family to get on the ground and looked out his window,” Vajcner said. “Mr. Arnold then advised that he saw a dark gray Nissan Altima drive past his house heading toward Memorial.”