Rutherford County, Tennessee, Sheriff Robert Arnold said shots were fired right outside his house on the night of Feb. 15, which he linked to pop singer Beyonce (video below).
“We all know, as soon as you put your uniform on, you’re a target,” Arnold said at a press conference on Feb. 16, according to The Daily News Journal. “You do make people mad when you do do your job.”
After hearing the gunshots, Arnold said he thought about other law enforcement officers who had been killed since the Super Bowl, and added, "Beyonce’s video and how that's kind of bled over into other things, it seems like, about law enforcement."
Arnold later said in an email: “My comments reflect the violence and senseless killing of seven deputies in the U.S. since the show aired. My comments are an observation of the violence that has occurred, but in no way is meant to offend anyone.”
He included the link to a National Sheriff's Association's posting, which asked residents to "Spread the Word: Stand With Law Enforcement - Wear and Display BLUE" on Feb. 12.
"The senseless killing of four law enforcement officers just this week – on the heels of the anti-police 'entertainment' at the Sunday Super Bowl halftime show – reminds us that the men and women in law enforcement take a solemn oath that includes putting their lives on the line every day to protect our citizens," Arnold continued in the email.
Beyonce's performance during the Super Bowl halftime show included a tribute to the Black Panthers and slain civil rights leader Malcolm X, The Guardian reported.
Beyonce's video for her song “Formation,” which she performed at the Super Bowl, mentions Black Lives Matter, civil rights, the slow response to black victims in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, among other things.