Police in West Palm Beach, Florida have announced plans to picket an upcoming music festival which features some of the biggest rock and hip-hop performers, ranging from ZZ Top and Weezer to Nas and Damian Marley.
According to reports, more than 50 officers will be protesting The SunFest, which is one of West Palm Beach’s biggest music events, over the city’s decision to cut pay raises and benefits for police.
“I’m a little sad that the union never even called us,” a SunFest organizer said. “I don’t understand what put us in the middle of this. It doesn’t make sense.” Despite objections from within the police force’s ranks, West Palm Beach Police Chief Delsa Buch has promised that police will still be on hand to work the event.
“I don’t think the public will appreciate it, and I hope (the police) rethink it,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel. “We’ll have plenty of security. It’s always been a very safe event with very few incidents.
To ensure the safety of the concert-goers, SunFest’s organizers claim to have hired security guards to replace any missing police. The event, scheduled for April 28-May 2, also features Sean Kingston, Patti LaBelle, Ben Harper, REO Speedwagon and many more. Nas and Damian Marley will be performing songs from their ‘Distant Relatives’ album, which is dropping on May 18. They are scheduled to appear on Sunday, May 2 at 3:30PM.