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Trinity PD respond to law enforcement's Beyonce boycott

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The 2016 Superbowl was broadcast over two weeks ago. Today, one of the most influential pop-stars, Beyonce's performance is still stirring the pot around the country. Police agencies in Florida have already decided to boycott Beyonce's upcoming tour. Unions are asking more to join. Trinity officers known for their stance in the "All Lives Matter" movement told us what think of the controversy. 

Beyonce and backup dancers clad in all black attire seemed to overshadow any touchdown made at Superbowl 50.   

"She hasn't come out and said she was doing it for any particular cause. They've left that up for a bunch of speculation on everyone else's part," said Chief Steven Jones, Trinity Police Department.  

It's even brought about boycotting. 

"It's a marketing technique being used by them. It apparently has worked," Jones said.  

Fans called the performance unapologetically black, bold, and beautiful, but some agencies took it as an attack on law enforcement. We asked Trinity police officers who went viral for their all lives matter stance what they thought. 

"It wasn't anything that just set me back for the day or bothered me," Jones said. 

"As an officer, I didn't see anything wrong with it at all. She's trying to make a point," said Officer Donald Givens of the Trinity Police Department. 

Agencies like Miami and Tampa PD didn't agree. Symbolism in the pop artist's performance and music video has caused agencies to back out of working security for the upcoming tour. 

"She can do what she wants to do. If law enforcement officers don't want to work for her, they don't need to work for her. If they do, then go work for her," Jones said. 

Givens believes that Beyonce was not targeting officers as a whole. 

"That doesn't mean all law enforcement, just maybe particular law enforcement she's talking about," Givens said. 

While police unions push to get other agencies to get in 'formation' with the boycott, Trinity Police say they didn't take the performance or video to heart. 

"Me personally, I don't take it as a personal attack just because someone says something or sings a song," Jones said. 

Jones said he lets artists be artists and concentrates on doing his job.  

Givens said if Beyonce needs security,"If she's paying, I'll be there." 

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