Sheriff blames Beyonce for shots fired near home - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Sheriff blames Beyonce for shots fired near home

Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold (Source: WSMV) Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold (Source: WSMV)
Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime show in 2016 (Source: YouTube) Beyonce's Super Bowl Halftime show in 2016 (Source: YouTube)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Relationships between African-Americans and police officers have been highly profiled over the past couple years in America.

One Tennessee sheriff is now indirectly blaming Beyonce for shots that were fired at his home.

Four gunshots were fired outside Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold's home February 15.

After the shooting, Arnold said Beyonce's music video for Formation was anti-police. So much so in fact, that it may have inspired the shots fired outside his home.

"You have Beyonce's video and how that's kind of bled over into other things about law enforcement," Arnold said.

So is there a growing anti-police sentiment? According to community activist Tammy Sawyer, anti-police sentiment has not grown. She believes there is just heightened exposure now because of social media.

"Because of new media and especially the growth of Twitter and Facebook, a lot of the images that we wouldn't have seen before are getting highlighted," Sawyer said.

Sawyer went on to say that to improve the relationship between African-Americans and police officers there needs to be more community policing. She said that will help officers better understand the people they are sworn to protect and serve.

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