Members of the Minneapolis Police Department will be a part of the security staff at tonight's Minnesota Lynx game, Target Center staff told BringMeTheNews.
Sandy Sweetser, the Senior Director of Marketing and Event Services at Target Center sent the following statement.
"Target Center will be staffing this game as we would any other Minnesota Lynx game – with in-house security staff, contract staff (ASIA) as well as officers from the Minneapolis Police Department. The MPD is an important part of the arena’s overall event safety strategy and our security department will continue to work closely with them as has always been the case."
There's been some question as to whether MPD would work security after four off-duty Minneapolis police officers working the Lynx-Dallas game last Saturday walked off the job when they learned of Lynx players wearing specific warm-up T-shirts.
No 'justice' warm-up shirts tonight
The Lynx will not be wearing the same warm-up shirts tonight that they wore before their home game last Saturday against the Dallas Wings, Lynx public relations manager Aaron Seehusen told BringMeTheNews.
Last Saturday, Lynx players wore warm-up shirts that said “Change starts with us, justice and accountability” on the front.
On the back: The names of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, young black men recently shot and killed by police; the shield of the Dallas Police Department, the city in which five officers were killed and six more shot in an ambush; and the phrase "Black Lives Matter."
After seeing the warm-up shirts, four off-duty Minneapolis police officers working security at Target Center walked off the job.
Bob Kroll, the union head for Minneapolis police, applauded those officers and later told the Star Tribune that they "only have four officers working the event because the Lynx have such a pathetic draw."
In response, Black Lives Matter is urging people to Stand with the Lynx. They're hoping to make Friday's game against the New York Liberty a sellout.
A Lynx spokesperson told us they only have standing room only tickets left, and they're expecting at least close to a sellout. That's 9,000 or more fans.