Baltimore Police Reportedly Blocked Free Rihanna Concert for Protesters
According to documents obtained by the Baltimore Sun, pop singer Rihanna planned to give a free concert to protesters in Baltimore, but would have been stopped by the police if she tried.
In one email, a Baltimore Police officer wrote that Rihanna’s representative reached out to the department saying she “wants to walk with the protesters as well as perform a free concert. He added that she will be arriving by plane and in an effort to divert press/media she will be traveling to the city by train (or by car if necessary).”
The officer added that Rihanna’s handlers “hoped to secure some extra police security.” The email, one of 7,000 riot-related governmental emails obtained by the Sun, does not reveal whether or not that protection was granted or denied and the singer never ended up visiting the city.
But in another email sent the same day, officers warned of a possible Rihanna concert and advised that it would be shut down because it lacked the proper permits: “Possible Rihanna Concert at Penn & North. No time given. Police are claiming they have no permit so it will not be allowed.”
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