Cops stage walkout over BLM protest at basketball game

For obvious reasons, a lot of cops are upset over the continued hate campaign characterizing them as murderous racists.  The anger they feel is starting to be reflected in a work stoppage, albeit at a private event where off-duty officers were serving as security.  John Hinderaker writes at AmericanExperment.org:

Tonight the Minnesota Lynx played a home game. They took the opportunity to express solidarity with Black Lives Matter and to dramatize allegedly wrongful deaths at the hands of policemen. Off-duty Minneapolis policemen who provided security for the Lynx walked out in protest. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has the story:

Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers working the Minnesota Lynx game at Target Center on Saturday night walked off the job after the players held a news conference denouncing racial profiling, then wore Black Lives Matter pregame warm-up jerseys.

The case of Philando Castile is local, and from the governor (Mark Dayton) on down, the police have been castigated before the facts are all in.

If the standoff continues, the basketball team may have to provide alternative security arrangements.  The stakes are not that high.  But the broader question, the worry that at some point police will stop doing their duty out of disgust, is quite real.  The “Ferguson Effect,” as Heather Mac Donald calls it, already has cops doing less “proactive policing” (such as stop and frisk), and as a result, crime rates are soaring in many cities.  There could be more and worse issues with duties if police continue to feel marginalized.   

For obvious reasons, a lot of cops are upset over the continued hate campaign characterizing them as murderous racists.  The anger they feel is starting to be reflected in a work stoppage, albeit at a private event where off-duty officers were serving as security.  John Hinderaker writes at AmericanExperment.org:

Tonight the Minnesota Lynx played a home game. They took the opportunity to express solidarity with Black Lives Matter and to dramatize allegedly wrongful deaths at the hands of policemen. Off-duty Minneapolis policemen who provided security for the Lynx walked out in protest. The Minneapolis Star Tribune has the story:

Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers working the Minnesota Lynx game at Target Center on Saturday night walked off the job after the players held a news conference denouncing racial profiling, then wore Black Lives Matter pregame warm-up jerseys.

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, the union that represents rank-and-file officers, praised them for quitting. “I commend them for it,” he said. …

Asked if other officers will fill in for those who quit, Kroll said, “If [the players] are going to keep their stance, all officers may refuse to work there.”

The three-time WNBA champions wore black shirts that read “Change starts with us, justice and accountability” and on the back had Philando Castile’s and Alton Sterling’s names along with “Black Lives Matter.”

At a pregame news conference, Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson said the players were “wearing shirts to honor and mourn the loss of precious American citizens and to plead change for all of us.”

The case of Philando Castile is local, and from the governor (Mark Dayton) on down, the police have been castigated before the facts are all in.

If the standoff continues, the basketball team may have to provide alternative security arrangements.  The stakes are not that high.  But the broader question, the worry that at some point police will stop doing their duty out of disgust, is quite real.  The “Ferguson Effect,” as Heather Mac Donald calls it, already has cops doing less “proactive policing” (such as stop and frisk), and as a result, crime rates are soaring in many cities.  There could be more and worse issues with duties if police continue to feel marginalized.