Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers working security at a recent Minneapolis Lynx WNBA game left their posts and refused to return to work following a controversial statement by players on the team.
Lynx players apparently came onto the court wearing warm up shirts that expressed solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, citing the names of two individuals recently shot and killed by police officers in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge, respectively.
The shirts read, "Change starts with us. Justice and accountability," on the front and, "Black Lives Matter," on the back.
The back of the shirt also included the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, two men killed by law enforcement in recent weeks, as well as a Dallas police emblem.
The officers working the game were offended by the gesture and left their posts.
Lt. Bob Kroll of the Minneapolis Police Federation supported the officers, saying, "I commend them for it."
Lt. Kroll stated that it is possible other officers may refuse to work Lynx games in the future. "Others said they heard about it and they were not going to work Lynx games," he said.