(AllHipHop News) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida has expressed dismay at comments made by a Lee County Sheriff, over an upcoming concert featuring Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar.
Sheriff Mike Scott questioned the choice of acts selected for Florida Gulf Coast University’s upcoming “Eaglepalooza” concert, which is slated for November 24.
Sheriff Scott sent a series of emails to FGCU President Wilson Bradshaw, criticizing the choice of artists the students selected, due to their lyrical content.
A spokesman named Baylor Johnson for the ACLU criticized Sheriff Mike Scott’s statements, which questioned why the event needed 75-100 additional officers and whether or not off-duty officers would work the event.
Sheriff Scott also promised officers who were patrolling the event would do so, with rigorous force.
“Law enforcement doesn’t have the option to not do its job and keep the community safe because they don’t like or agree with a particular expression at an event,” Baylor Johnson of the ACLU said.
It’s unclear why Sheriff Scott has a bone to pick with Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar, since artists like Busta Rhymes, Flo Rida and Pitbull have performed with no objections to the police department.
“This is a public school, so it therefore cannot favor one type of speech or another, or prohibit one type simply because it disagrees with the language in the lyrics,” Baylor Johnson said.