Police Walk Off Court After Seeing WNBA Players' Black Lives Matter T-Shirts
On Saturday, as WNBA members of The Minnesota Lynx team warmed up for their upcoming game, four off-duty police officers tasked with their security walked off the court.
Why? Because they were wearing T-Shirts in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The front of the shirts read "Change Starts With Us: Justice and Accountability" and on the back were the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, as well as the Dallas police shield and the words "Black Lives Matter."
In a press conference the team explained the shirts were meant to call for accountability and change but that the team held admiration for the de-escalation training of the Dallas Police Department and in no way condoned violence against police officers.
"It is time that we take a deep look at our ability to be compassionate and empathetic to those suffering from the problems that are deep within our society," said Minnesota Lynx captain Mya Moore.
"This is a human issue & we need to speak up for change, together." -Maya pic.twitter.com/tyfl65Ag81
— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) July 9, 2016
The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation offered his approval of the officers quitting.
"I commend them for it," he said in an interview.
One woman responded with a letter to the Twin Cities' Star Tribune newspaper.
— Stacey Burns (@WentRogue) July 13, 2016
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