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Yesterday, Beyoncé held her long-awaited Formation World Tour show in Houston. Although much of the controversy about the tour in regards to police has been rather mute, it didn’t stop Houston’s Coalition of Police & Sheriffs (COPS) from staging their idea of a protest: shining a bright blue light at NRG Stadium during the performance.

The only thing was, nobody really noticed it at NRG since COPS cut it on during daylight and it went largely ignored once the sun dropped down.

Standing about a mile from NRG Stadium, the coalition what they believe is Beyoncé’s anti-police message which she and a host of others have immediately determined was not the case. Citing images from her “Formation” video and Super Bowl performance paying tribute to the Black Panthers, COPS held up a poster board with multiple images “supporting” their faulty logic.

“Some of her performances we believe to be anti-police,” COPS member Tony Ragsdale told Houston CBS affiliate KHOU 11.

As we pointed out previously, Beyoncé has already co-opted the “protest” and issued out “Boycott Beyoncé” t-shirts that were big sellers inside various merchandise booths inside NRG Saturday night. In an interview with Elle Magazine last month, Beyoncé once more made it clear that “Formation” is not anti-police but rather anti-police brutality.

“Anyone who perceives my message as anti-police is completely mistaken. I have so much admiration and respect for officers and the families of the officers who sacrifice themselves to keeps us safe,” she told Elle. “But let’s be clear: I am against police brutality and injustice. Those are two separate things. If celebrating my roots and culture during Black History Month made anyone uncomfortable, those feelings were there long before a video and long before me.”

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