- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 11, 2016

A Detroit police sergeant is being investigated after he allegedly posted a photo on Facebook comparing Beyonce’s backup dancers to members of the Ku Klux Klan.

The unnamed sergeant, a 17-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department, took issue with Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime performance Sunday night, in which her dancers raised black power fists and sported berets and leather outfits reminiscent of Black Panther Party, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

“If the dance troupe at the top is okay for this year’s half-time show, then the one at a bottom should be okay for next year, right?” he wrote, accompanied by a photo showing Beyonce’s backup dancers on top and the KKK on the bottom.

Chief of Police James Craig said the post has been replaced by a retraction and an apology, but added that the comment was unacceptable.

“I received calls indirect and direct from employees throughout the organization troubled by it,” Chief Craig told Fox. “Certainly this does not and shouldn’t represent our police officers.”

“We work in a city that’s certainly well over 80 percent African-American and to post something that has to do with a hate group like the Ku Klux Klan is problematic,” he said.

The Detroit sergeant isn’t the only one to accuse Beyonce of spreading a message of hate. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who is black, made a similar comparison in an interview Monday with the Fox Business Network.

“Would it be acceptable if a white band came out in hoods and white sheets in the same sort of fashion?” he asked. “We would be appalled and outraged. The Black Panthers are a subversive hate group in America. I think she could have done a better job.”



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