Police groups around the country have taken serious issue with Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show, in which she invoked both the #BlackLivesMatter and Black Panthers movements.
But a group of New Jersey State Troopers have a very historical reason for their “shock and disgust” over the performance.
One of their own fell at the hands of the Black Panthers—and they haven't forgotten.
In 1979, Trooper Werner Foerster was shot and killed with his own service weapon after backing up a fellow officer.
Three assailants, who were able to disarm the NJ state trooper, were members of the Black Panther party. One member escaped the crime scene, and has been living at-large in Cuba ever since.
Now, State Troopers Fraternal Association President Christopher Burgos has penned a letter to the NFL regarding the “blatant anti-police message,” and the apparent trampling of the memory of a slain officer:
The letter reads, in part:
“I must presume that the NFL stands by the message of that ”performer," that it is ok to agitate and if necessary, harm the police if a certain group in our society feel it justified. I allude specifically to the praising of the Black Panther movement, a group who as without shame assassinated dozens of law enforcement officers in this country. A group, even today, who calls for members of our society to rise up against the police and kill them in cold blood.
“I should remind you, the NFL and Team Owners that NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster was brutally murdered by Black Panther members and convicted fugitive Joanne Chesimard in 1973 on the NJ Turnpike. She has been given safe haven and is harbored in Cuba to this day by the Castro regime.”
Later Burgos added:
“In doing so you have willfully dishonored the hundreds of thousands of men and women who took an oath to serve and protect, and sacrifice their lives every day.”
A momument to Foerster was recently erected on the highway where he was tragically shot.
The NFL have not publicly responded to Borgos's letter.