By Rory Carroll (Reuters) – Members of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Brooklyn Nets wore warm-up jerseys Tuesday that read “With Freedom and Justice for All” and observed a moment of silence for a black man shot and killed by police officer in Minneapolis. . Daunte Wright, 20, was shot Sunday during a traffic stop in the suburb of Brooklyn Center in what the city police chief said appeared to be an “accidental discharge” after the officer drew his gun. instead of his Taser during a fight. The shooting prompted all of Minneapolis’ professional sports teams to postpone the game on Monday, including the Timberwolves-Nets game, which was on the mend on Tuesday. “We extend our thoughts and our deepest condolences to Daunte’s family, friends and loved ones during this difficult time,” said an announcer at a darkened Target (NYSE 🙂 Center before the start of the game. The police chief and the officer submitted their resignations on Tuesday, the city mayor said. The measures followed two nights of protests in the city of 30,000 people just miles from Minneapolis, which was already on the brink of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd during an arrest last May. . Before the game, Nets head coach Steve Nash, who is white, called the shots “unacceptable” and “devastating” and said he would have supported further postponement of the game if it were part of a broader strategy to combat. the underlying problems. “I would be in favor of not playing today if there was a step-by-step procedural reasoning behind why. But I’m not sure we have that clarity as to what I would change,” he said. “We all want a change, but I’m not sure if this game is played or not, that change will happen. That’s the tricky part.” Players from the National Basketball Association and the National Women’s Basketball Association have been among the loudest voices calling for an end to police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. The Minnesota Twins baseball team also observed a moment of silence for Wright before their game between the visiting Boston Red Sox, which was also postponed one day due to the shooting.
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