- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Tennessee sheriff cited Beyonce’s new video “Formation” after shots were fired at his home Monday night, suggesting that the recent rise in police officer deaths nationwide can be attributed to the pop singer’s Black Panther-inspired Super Bowl halftime performance.

“We all know, as soon as you put your uniform on, you’re a target,” Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold said at a news conference Tuesday morning, The Daily News Journal reported. “You make people mad when you’re just doing your job.”

Sheriff Arnold said he didn’t know the motive for the gunfire, but wondered if it was inspired by Beyonce’s controversial performance.

When asked to clarify, he said, “You know, Beyonce’s video,” the Journal reported.

Beyonce new video “Formation” depicts a flooded New Orleans and makes several references to the Black Lives Matter movement. She performed the song at Super Bowl 50 and raised a black power fist along with her dancers, who sported black leather outfits and berets similar to the Black Panther Party.

In an email Tuesday afternoon to further clarify his Super Bowl statement, Sheriff Arnold told the Journal, “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 that read: “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.”

Murfreesboro Police are investigating the shooting near Sheriff Arnold’s Osborne Lane home. According to the report filed by Officer Steven Vajcner, the sheriff was on the phone at 8:18 p.m. when he heard about eight shots fired at the home, the Journal reported.

“He then told his family to get on the ground and looked out his window,” Officer Vajcner said. “Mr. Arnold then advised that he saw a dark gray Nissan Altima drive past his house heading toward Memorial.”

No one was injured in the shooting, the Journal reported.

“The sheriff and his family were pretty shaken up, as you can imagine,” said Lisa Marchesoni, public information officer for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. “It endangered people in the neighborhood.”

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