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After online backlash, Minneapolis police cancel 'Black Panther' movie night

The screening was to be held at Chicago Ave and Lake St.

An attempt at community outreach seems to have backfired for Minneapolis police, at least in the unforgiving comments sections of social media. 

The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) has announced that a free public showing of Marvel Studios' "Black Panther," which was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday, is postponed "until further notice."

The tentative cancellation came a day after the event was announced. MPD's social media accounts did not offer a reason for the decision, but it was clear from hundreds of comments on both Twitter and Facebook that the movie night was not well received.

Some comments called the screening "tone deaf," while others criticized the choice of venue as well as the decision to show Black Panther. A number of users also questioned the safety of holding such an event in the middle of a pandemic.

Others thought the timing of the move was poor, as it came the same week Derek Chauvin — the former officer who killed George Floyd in May — was released from jail on bond, a decision that led to a protest at the intersection where Floyd died. 

There was some support for the screening, however, with some commenters praising the police department for the gesture. 

BringMeTheNews has reached out to MPD for comment on the cancellation. 

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