Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Police Walk Off Job After WNBA Players Wear Black Lives Matter T-Shirts at Game

Via Billy

Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) is greeted by Minnesota Lynx forward Natasha Howard (3) while starting lineups are announced at the Target Center on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Lynx players did not wear T-shirts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of Tuesday's game in San Antonio after four off-duty police officers walked away from security jobs at a Lynx game over the weekend because of the T-shirts. 

Off duty police officers walked of the job on Saturday after the Minnesota Lynx WNBA players showed up wearing Black Lives Matter T-Shirts. 

This came after five police officers were shot dead in Dallas on Thursday at a Black Lives Matter protest.

McClatchy DC reported:

A police union official says four off-duty Minneapolis officers working a WNBA game walked off the job at the city’s Target Center arena Saturday after Minnesota Lynx players wore pregame warm-up jerseys supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.

The shirts listed the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, both fatally shot by police officers last week. Castile was killed by a police officer in suburban St. Paul during a traffic stop. The shirt also showed the Dallas police shield above the phrase “Black Lives Matter.”

Minneapolis Police Federation President Bob Kroll tells the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (http://strib.mn/29zD4qo ) he commends the officers. He says they took their names off a list of officers to work future games.

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