DPD sergeant's Facebook post about Beyonce's backup dancers sparks internal investigation

FOX 2's Maurielle Lue takes a look at the social media response to Beyonce's Super Bowl 50 halftime performance.

- A Detroit police sergeant's Facebook post has sparked a Detroit police internal investigation.

The post read: "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?" Pictures coinciding with the text showed Beyonce's back up dancers as the first picture and the second picture showed the Ku Klux Klan. Many have speculated Beyonce's dancers were styled to resemble the Black Panther Party in honor of the group's 50th anniversary.

"I received calls indirect and direct from employees throughout the organization troubled by it," Chief of Police James Craig said. "Certainly this does not and shouldn't represent our police officers."

Craig says the post has been replaced by a retraction and an apology, but added that the original post was unacceptable.

"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," Craig says.

People all over the nation have taken offense to Beyonce's half-time performance. A group is boycotting at the New York City block of the NFL's headquarters on Tuesday, February 16.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clark denounced the star's half-time show in an interview with the Fox Business Network. He appears regularily on Fox News.

"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."

Others including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani also denounced Beyoncé's performance.

FOX 2 learned about the Detroit police sergeant's Facebook post from fellow officers who felt the post was inappropriate.

We asked the Detroit Police Lieutenant and Sergeant's union for their reaction, and they said it is all up to the Detroit Police Department. The investigation and potential discipline that may or may not come out of this is strictly up to the department.


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