TPD: 'Dozens' signed up for Beyonce show, exact number unavailable

Crystal Clark reports

- Her Super Bowl performance ignited a national controversy, and two weeks later, it's still burning as Beyonce prepares to launch her world tour in Florida.

She's facing criticism from the law enforcement community tasked with protecting her and her fans at shows across the country and some of that criticism seems to be coming from officers in Tampa.

Big events like this are typically staffed by off duty officers who volunteer for the job and make a little extra income, but the president of the police union said Thursday, many officers are offended by Beyonce's new song "Formation," calling it anti-cop. Many of them said they do not want to volunteer to work her concert, which would give them overtime pay.

Following FOX 13's original report Wednesday, Tampa police say they have "dozens" of officers signed on to work the concert. TPD tweeted out an image saying they've been in "formation" for days.

FOX 13 asked TPD to show us a list of officers who volunteered to take on the extra shift during Beyonce's show, but a spokesman said TPD is unable to do so because of the way these types of events are staffed, which he described as "decidedly decentralized," with supervisors working off several different lists.

Union President Vincent Gericitano confirmed several officers have said they are upset following Beyonce's Super Bowl performance, during which her dancers wore Black Panther-inspired uniforms and were photographed holding a sign that reads "justice for Mario Woods," a 26-year-old black man shot and killed by San Francisco police in December.

Her new music video the song "Formation" features police in SWAT gear, a graffiti wall that reads "stop shooting us" and the singer on top of a police cruiser sinking into water.

Beyonce is set to perform at Raymond James Stadium on April 29, but before that, she'll perform in Miami, where her sold out tour will launch April 27.

The police union in Miami has taken a firm stand against the singer, voting to boycott her concert and issued a news release saying she officers believe she used the Super Bowl half time performance to divide Americans with an anti-police message.

Meanwhile, Tampa PBA said it respects the opinions of individual officers, but has no plans to boycott Beyonce as a union. Like Tampa police, the union said it will make sure the event is fully staffed.

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