Over 50 police officers are in West Palm Beach, Florida and are expected to protest at this year’s SunFest festival which features a variety of top Rock and Hip-Hop acts, which will include Sean Kingston,Nas and Damian Marley. However the police are not protesting against the music and musicians selected to play at this year’s festival, but instead are protesting in regards to West Palm Beach’s decision to eliminate officer’s pay raises and reduce benefits.
The SunFest, which takes place from April 28th to May 2nd, is one the biggest events hosted in West Palm Beach. In response to the protest West Palm Beach sergeant and union treasurer Lou Penque told the Palm Beach Post:
“The public thinks all we’re doing is asking for raises,” We are more than willing to work with the city and they refuse to work with us.”
However today, West Palm Beach Police Chief Delsa Buch ordered an undetermined amount of police to work as security at the festival, despite their disapproval. Due to the lack of available police officers organizers of the Sunfest festival have also hired private security guards to work the event.
Nas and Damian Marley are scheduled to perform on Sunday May 2 at 3:30 PM.