A Tennessee sheriff is blaming Beyoncé‘s recent “Formation” video for gunshots fired near his home after he discovered six shell casings, according to The Tennessean. When asked about the possible motive, Arnold responded, “I don’t know why other than me being in my position, the chief law enforcement officer of the county. That’s the only thing that I can think of, is just me in my position as a whole.” Arnold added that when he first heard the shots, he wondered if they were inspired by the Super Bowl halftime show. Following up his comment, he said, “You know, Beyonce’s video.”
Arnold later sent out an email statement and clarified his words. “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 featuring an article that states, “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.”
Unfortunately, Arnold is not the first to accuse Beyoncé of being anti-police following her Super Bowl performance. A rally was organized to protest her performance outside NFL Headquarters in NYC. However, more Beyhive fans than protestors showed up as only three protestors were reported to be in attendance. Beyoncé has made no comment on the controversy.