Police officers who provide private security at Minnesota Lynx games will be back on the job Friday night after settling their differences with the women's professional basketball team, the head of the Minneapolis police union said. “It's all been ...and more »
Police officers who provide private security at Minnesota Lynx games will be back on the job Friday night after settling their differences with the womenâ€™s professional basketball team, the head of the Minneapolis police union said.
â€œItâ€™s all been resolved for the better for both sides,â€ said Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation. â€œI can confirm they have worked it out. Itâ€™s all good between them.â€
The rift began when four off-duty officers working the July 9 game at Target Center walked off after taking offense to warm-up jerseys players wore that showed support for Black Lives Matter and victims of recent high-profile shootings in Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights and Dallas.
Some members of the defending WNBA champions also spoke out about racial profiling in a pregame news conference in which they wore the shirts that read â€œChange Starts With Us, Justice and Accountabilityâ€ and the names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, two black men recently shot by police. A logo of the Dallas Police Department, where five officers were killed during a protest, also appeared on the shirt.
Officers will be on duty for Fridayâ€™s 7 p.m. game against the New York Liberty.
Kroll did not elaborate on how the two sides found common ground and said heâ€™d leave that to the officers and the team to discuss.
A spokeswoman for the Lynx declined to comment, referring inquiries about security staffing to Target Center management.
Sandy Sweetser, senior director of marketing and event services for Target Center, said the game Friday will be staffed like any other Minnesota Lynx game with staff and contract security and Minneapolis police.
â€œThe MPD is an important part of the arenaâ€™s overall event safety strategy and our security department will continue to work closely with them as has always been the case,â€ she wrote in an e-mail.
Police Chief JaneÃ© Harteau, who said she had not been directly informed of the officersâ€™ decision to return to working security for the Lynx, said, â€œAssuming thatâ€™s the case, any time people can come to a mutual agreement, itâ€™s a good thing.â€
She declined to comment further.
The flap took on a nasty tone after Kroll commended the officers for quitting and then took a shot at the team saying it had â€œpatheticâ€ attendance.
Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges then blasted Krollâ€™s â€œjackass remarksâ€ and Harteau criticized the officers for walking off a job.
The episode has galvanized the current fan base and led members of Black Lives Matter to organize a â€œStand With the Lynxâ€ event for Fridayâ€™s game.
â€œThe Minnesota Lynx, took a stand for change and were insulted in return. Letâ€™s fill their stadium this Friday,â€ a posting on the eventâ€™s Facebook page said.
Supporters of the team were attempting to rally Lynx fans on social media to attend a July 22 game against the Seattle Storm at 7 p.m. at Target Center, which they were informally calling â€œKroll depreciation night.â€
During the week, Kroll backed off his original comments and wished the team well.
â€œI never had any ill will toward the organization to begin with,â€ Kroll said Friday. â€œI hope the team sells out the rest of the year due to this mess.â€
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