Beyonce concert at NRG brings out supporters, protesters

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Protesters and Supporters of Beyonce showed up near NRG Saturday to have their voices heard.

She's a world pop sensation. Beyonce was back in Houston performing Saturday night, but not everyone outside likes the message of her lyrics.

While tens of thousands of fans packed NRG to see her show, one group of law enforcement officials held a silent protest to show their disapproval.

"It's silly they are making such a big deal out of it when she was just trying to empower people," said Beyonce fan Lauren Morris.

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A few blocks away, the Coalition of Police and Sheriffs protested the message they believe Beyonce is sending.

"I'm not saying she's anti-police, but I'm saying some of her performances are anti-police," said Tony Ragsdale with the coalition.

Some law enforcement officers believe her "Formation" video and performance at the Super Bowl was anti-law enforcement.

On Saturday, a blue light pointed at NRG.

"That is the thin blue line, police lives matter," said Ragsdale. "That's what we believe."

Police unions in some cities have encouraged boycotts of her tour.

"We're simply here to say to Beyonce, we've got your back, sis," said Robert Muhammad with the Southwest Regional Nation of Islam.

Supporters stood in silence to make sure of it.

"An unchallenged lie resembles the truth," said Muhammad. "Beyonce's halftime performance and her 'Formation' video released during Black History Month was not anti-police. It was simply pro-black."

The one thing there is agreement on -- the freedom to speak, whether singing or silent...

"They're free to do what they want and think but we support Beyonce and we love her to death," said Beyonce fan Victoria Casey.
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