Several major league sports organizations said they were postponing games involving Minnesota teams on Monday after a young black man was killed by police during a traffic stop outside of Minneapolis one day more early.
the Minnesota Twins announced he would not play his game as planned against the Boston Red Sox because “it is in the best interest of our fans, our staff, our players and our community”, adding that the MLB team “expresses his sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright “.
The Twins made the decision after consulting with Major League Baseball, as well as local and national officials. Information on the game’s rescheduling, including ticket details, will be released “in the near future,” according to the team.
the The NHL said it was postponing Monday’s game of the Minnesota Wilds against the St. Louis Blues, adding that the game is postponed to May 12.
“The decision was made out of respect for the community, following the tragic shooting that occurred in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday afternoon,” the hockey league statement read.
the The NBA made an announcement shortly thereafter, saying Monday night’s game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets was postponed “in light of the tragic events yesterday in the Minneapolis area.” The organization said its “thoughts remain with Daunte Wright’s family and friends during this difficult time.”
Suburban Minneapolis police at the Brooklyn Center shot and killed Wright, 20, on Sunday afternoon after arresting him for having an expired registration on his vehicle. According to Police Chief Tim Gannon, a police officer discovered during the traffic stop that there was a warrant to arrest Wright for a serious misdemeanor.
Newly released graphic body camera images appears to show officers trying to stop Wright outside his vehicle when a fight ensues. He appears to be trying to get back into his car when a policewoman shoots him next to his open door. Police said Wright’s car traveled several blocks before crashing into another vehicle and he was dead at the scene.
Wright’s mother, Kate Wright, says her son called her just as he was being arrested. She said she recalled hearing a policeman tell Daunte Wright to put the phone down and get out of the car, then when her son asked her why, the policeman said, “We will explain to you when you get out of the car. car.”
She then heard what sounded like a phone put down, then ‘scuffle’, before one policeman told Wright not to run while another told her to put the phone down, which was then disconnected. When Wright’s mother called back, his girlfriend, who was a passenger in the car, responded and told him that Wright had been shot.
Gannon said on Monday that the officer who killed Wright was probably trying to shock him with a stun gun when she mistakenly fired her gun, “from what I saw and the officer’s distress response immediately thereafter.” The police chief did not identify the officer – describing her only as very senior – and said she had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) said on Monday that state legislature to hold hearings on police reform in response to Wright’s death, adding, “We can stop pretending that this is just the natural order of the universe and it is that way.”
Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott said: “I fully support releasing the officer from his duties. “President Joe Biden is aware of the incident and has contacted Elliott, according to the mayor.
Wright’s death increased tension between law enforcement and community members, stirring up protests in an area already under stress during the ongoing murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, which killed George Floyd last year and sparked a nationwide wave of protests against racial injustice and brutality policewoman.
Athletes on major sports teams are not new to making sports-related decisions in response to social justice movements. Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during games during the national anthem as a form of silent protest against police brutality. NBA and WNBA players have spoken openly about police shootings against blacks and left the courts in protest while using their voices to argue for justice.
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