NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 7:37 PM
A Tennessee sheriff is blaming Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime performance for a drive-by shooting outside of his home and the deaths of seven police officers.
Sheriff Robert Arnold, an elected official in Rutherford County, has not been crazy in love with the star since she sang “Formation” at Super Bowl 50.
Arnold, who’s under FBI investigation for selling e-cigarettes to prisoners, said he thinks it’s why gunmen blasted rounds outside of his home on Monday night.
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold had shots fired outside his house, and blames Beyoncé for it.
“With everything that’s happened since the Super Bowl, with law enforcement as a whole, I think we’ve lost five to seven officers, five deputy sheriffs since the Super Bowl, that’s what I’m thinking,” he told reporters Tuesday at a press conference. “You have Beyoncé’s video and that’s kind of bled over into other things about law enforcement.”
Beyoncé’s “Formation” video, which features shots of a sinking New Orleans police car, and her Super Bowl performance were criticized for having Black Panthers-inspired costumes.
Arnold argued that there was a correlation between her song and seven officers being killed nationwide.
“My comments reflect the violent and senseless killing of seven deputies in the U.S. since the show aired,” Arnold said in an email to The Tennessean.
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold, is being investigated by the FBI for corruption charges.
Five officers were killed across the country in four days between Feb. 7 and Feb. 11, the day after Beyoncé’s performance — none of which have been linked to the song.
At Arnold’s home, he said his wife, his 3-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter were safe from the shooting, but still distraught by the potential danger.
“For this to happen at my house, it bothers me tremendously,” he said.
There were about eight shots blasted before the shooters fled on Monday night in a dark gray Nissan Altima, police said.
Arnold has his own fair share of trouble with the law, with a litany of lawsuits and corruption charges.
The Beyoncé-blaming sheriff is being investigated by the FBI and the Tennessee bureaus of investigation for corruption charges after it was revealed he sold e-cigarettes to jail inmates through “JailCigs,” a private company, owned by his own aunt and uncle, WKRN reported.
Arnold, along with the sheriff’s office, is also being sued for $ 20 million after an inmate was brutally beaten in his jail cell, despite the victim’s parent’s warnings. The sheriff is blamed for a “failure to adequately train and supervise his staff,” after the victim suffered a permanent brain injury and ending up “100 percent disabled,” the lawsuit stated, according to the Daily News Journal.
Despite his history, the sheriff told reporters that he couldn’t think of a reason why he was targeted on Monday night’s drive-by “other than me being in my position, being the chief law enforcement officer in the county.”