Police working WNBA game quit over team's Black Lives Matter shirts

Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) is greeted by Minnesota Lynx forward Natasha Howard (3) while starting lineups are announced at the Target Center on July 9, 2016.
Caption
Minnesota Lynx forward Rebekkah Brunson (32) is greeted by Minnesota Lynx forward Natasha Howard (3) while starting lineups are announced at the Target Center on July 9, 2016.

Credit: Timothy Nwachukwu / Star Tribune

Credit: Timothy Nwachukwu / Star Tribune

Four off-duty Minneapolis police officers working a Minnesota Lynx WNBA game reportedly walked off the job after the team wore warm-up shirts supporting Black Lives Matter.

"When we look at the facts, it's hard to deny there's a real problem in our society," Lynx player Rebekkah Brunson said during a press conference.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports the four officers were working security for the game on Saturday but left prematurely and took their names off the list for working future Lynx events.

Lt. Bob Kroll, president of the Minneapolis Police Federation, commended the officers' actions. He told the outlet, "If [the players] are going to keep their stance, all officers may refuse to work there."

>> Read more trending stories

The Lynx wore the shirts prior to their game against Dallas.

The shirts featured the shield for the Dallas Police Department, the name of Alton Sterling and the name of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by police in nearby Falcon Heights.

Castile's death has sparked several protests in the Minneapolis area.

Over the weekend, protesters shut down a major highway in St. Paul for several hours. More than 100 protesters were arrested after police say the gathering got out of hand.

The Lynx reportedly still had private security at the game after the officers' walkout.

This video includes images from the Minnesota Lynx and Getty Images.