Cops walk off WNBA game over Black Lives Matter jerseys

On July 9, athletes on the Minnesota Lynx made a decision to step up as well by wearing T-shirts that read "Change Starts With Us: Justice & Accountability" and were printed with logos for both the Dallas Police Dept. and Black Lives Matter movement.

Before their Saturday night WNBA game at the Target Center in Minneapolis between the Minneapolis Lynx and the Dallas Wings, players held a news conference where they denounced police racism.

The t-shirts said, "Change Starts With Us - Justice and Accountability" on the front and then had Castile and Sterling's names on the back, along with the phrase "Black Lives Matter". Additionally, Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, spoke with the Star Tribune and revealed that his organization is standing behind the officers for doing it.

"I think it's a shame that we keep seeing people that want to make this movement as something that's violent, " said Cash, who repeatedly hit the lectern with her fist and whose voice cracked while speaking.

The Lynx players had a right to their protest, so long as their employer approved, and that seemed to be the case given that they also discussed their opinions and experiences in a news conference before the game and observed a moment of silence prior to tip-off.

Kroll told the Tribune that the four officers were not going to be working future games for the Lynx, and warned that other officers might join the boycott. Philando Castile was shot and killed by an officer during a traffic stop in a suburb of St. Paul, Minn., on Wednesday.

The Lynx has not yet responded to the's request for comment.

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The Lynx are the current defending WNBA champions and play in the metropolitan area Philando Castile was killed by a police officer last week.

Moore praised the Dallas police for its training and other efforts to lower officer-involved shootings, according to WCCO. Five officers in Dallas were fatally shot last Thursday by a sniper during a protest over the two slayings.

Kroll criticized the Lynx players, the Star Tribune said. Their names were memorialized on the shirts worn by Lynx players.

Kroll did say he commended the officers' actions.

But apparently the off-duty officers who had signed up to assist the private security that works at the Target Center didn't see it that way.

Four off-duty members of the Minneapolis police department reacted to that display by walking off their posts working security for the game. Their next home game is Friday against NY.

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