NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:37 PM
A Tennessee sheriff is blaming Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance for a drive-by shooting outside of his home and a series of police officers killed.
Sheriff Robert Arnold, an elected official in Rutherford County, has not been crazy in love with the star since she sang “Formation” at Super Bowl 50.
Arnold said he thinks it’s why gunmen blasted rounds outside of his home on Monday night.
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold had shots fired outside his house, and blames Beyoncé for it.
“With everything that’s happened since the Super Bowl, with law enforcement as a whole, I think we’ve lost five to seven officers, five deputy sheriffs since the Super Bowl, that’s what I’m thinking,” he told reporters Tuesday at a press conference. “You have Beyoncé’s video and that’s kind of bled over into other things about law enforcement.”
Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, which features shots of a sinking New Orleans police car, and her Super Bowl performance were criticized for having Black Panthers-inspired costumes.
Beyoncé’s Super Bowl 50 half-time show performance is being criticized for being anti-police and now Sheriff Robert Arnold believes it’s why officers are being killed nationwide.
Arnold argued that there was a correlation between her song and seven officers being killed nationwide.
“My comments reflect the violent and senseless killing of seven deputies in the U.S. since the show aired,” Arnold said in an email to The Tennessean.
Five officers were killed across the country in four days between Feb. 7 and Feb. 11, the day after Beyoncé’s performance — none of which have been linked to the song.
At Arnold’s home, he said his wife, his 3-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter were safe from the shooting, but still distraught by the potential danger.
“For this to happen at my house, it bothers me tremendously,” he said.
There were about eight shots blasted before the shooters fled on Monday night in a dark gray Nissan Altima, police said.