In a story written by Randy Furst for The Star Tribune, and confirmed by Minneapolis Police Federation President Lt. Bob Kroll, four Minneapolis officers walked away from their job during Saturday's WNBA game at the Target Center.
The officers left the arena after hearing players from the Minnesota Lynx, the home team, speak out about police profiling and seeing players wearing warm-up shirts with "Change starts with us, justice and accountability," the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, "Black Lives Matter," and the Dallas Police Department emblem.
The WNBA players' interest in discussing society's current climate rubbed off poorly with many of the Minneapolis Police Department.
"Others said they heard about it and they were not going to work Lynx games," Kroll said. "If [the players] are going to keep their stance, all officers may refuse to work there." Kroll also expressed his approval of the officers' decisions. "I commend them for it," he said.
According to the report, the players were not acting out of malicious intent towards the police officers:
At a pregame news conference, Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson said the players were “wearing shirts to honor and mourn the loss of precious American citizens and to plead change for all of us.”
“We are highlighting a longtime problem of racial profiling,” said forward Maya Moore, the 2014 WNBA MVP.
Players also denounced the “senseless ambush” of Dallas police.
It will be interesting to monitor the future relationship between the Minneapolis law enforcement an the Lynx franchise.