“I have literally had my last leg with discriminating police! Miami police department will be notified,” Solange writes on Twitter. “A police officer just pulled a weapon on me…. I have done NOTHING illegal, against the law, or anything of the sort. I am simply tired of police using arrogance, ego and authority as an offense.”
The incident, according to police, started because Solange was denied entry into Miami Beach’s Club Cameo because she was carrying a five-foot inflatable banana. But Solange says that’s not the whole story. She’s crying discrimination. She’s going to fight it.
“I’m only tweeting this to raise awareness. I could have left quietly, but I am sick & tired of this scenario being played over & over again,” she says. “I’m ok. I’m safe & sound at my apartment. I’m just beyond frustrated with the system. It is time to do something about it. I am a mother raising a young black child in America. I’m going to die trying!”
But the Miami PD says her whole fuss is being taken out of proportion. In fact, the purported incident didn’t even happen in Miami as Solange originally tweeted. Apparently she meant to say Miami Beach.
“Over the weekend, the lion’s share of the mainstream and entertainment media reported that the Miami Police Department had a confrontation with Solange Knowles, the sister of Beyoncé Knowles of record and movie fame. We have investigated and found that this incident DID NOT occur in our city,” said Miami Police Commander Delrish Moss.
According to Solange Knowles:
“Never once during the incident did I even raise my voice,” Knowles said. “I feel very strongly about standing up for myself when something is wrong, and am very disappointed in the way that the Miami [Beach] Police Department has handled this case.”
She says that she and two friends went to a club, where she somehow obtained a large balloon that they planned to give to a friend’s kid the next day.
They cabbed it to another night spot, where the bouncer informed them that they couldn’t take the balloon inside.
“They decided to go across the street to deflate the balloon, where they encountered two police officers who had casual, light-hearted conversation with them,” Knowles’ rep states. “One officer pulled out a switchblade and threatened to pop the balloon. They felt it was inappropriate, but the turning point happened when he then took out the switchblade a second time with the blade open and said to them, ‘I don’t find the humor in this, anymore.’ The blade was less than a couple feet away from Solange and her friends.”
The officer proceeded to “forcefully” ask them to move, gesturing that they cross the street though there was oncoming traffic, the rep continues.
“Solange then asked the officer what was it that they did wrong, and he forcefully responded again to move,” she said. “When a taxi pulled up, they got in and headed home. Solange made a series of calls to report the incident and was told to be prepared to be arrested when she came in to report the incident if her story was false. Solange simply wanted to report that the officer pulled out a weapon, when she had done nothing illegal, disruptive or belligerent.”
The MBPD previously said that a 5-foot-banana-toting Knowles was the one who became unruly with two off-duty police officers, who then guided her across the street to calm her down. They say that she had been loudly complaining that she was turned away from the nightclub for racial reasons.
“The whole entire incident was about the fact that she was not allowed in a club,” Officer Juan Sanchez told E! News. “And when she became abusive, she was pulled to the side. There was no mention of a gun. Considering it might be an internal investigation, I can’t tell you much other than that.”