Four Minneapolis off-duty police officers on post walked out over WNBA players’ Black Lives Matter jerseys.
Off-duty Minnesota Police officers, who were on post Saturday at Lynx WNBA basketball game, quitted their positions after seeing players wearing Black T-shirts that read “Change starts with us, justice and accountability”.
This was the first time the Lynx players were wearing Black Lives Matter T-Shirts in response to the recent tragedy of police killing two Black Americans, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Four team captains, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore and Lindsay Whalen, wore BLM T-shirts in honor of the all innocent lives lost over the past few days.
The team said in a statement that “the Lynx organization was made aware about the concerns of the off duty Minneapolis police officers.” “While our players message mourned the loss of life due to last week’s shootings, we respect the right of those individual officers to express their own beliefs in their own way. … We continue to urge a constructive discussion about the issues raised by these tragedies,” the statement reads.
The Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said in a radio interview that she was proud of her players as they were “very thoughtful” to have worn the T-Shirts in order to fight against violence and injustice in our communities.
The unjustified actions of police officers have become a national problem, but people blame Black Lives Matter for causing outrage, more especially after the fatal shootings of five police officers in Dallas.
The police should not stop attempts to draw attention to the problem, but begin to solve it. They have to admit first that they are wrong and work closely on racial issues with the Black community.
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