The Minnesota Twins’ game against the Boston Red Sox on Monday has been postponed after Sunday’s fatal Minneapolis-area police shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, with team president Dave St. Peter saying Monday “safety” was a factor in the decision after rioting Sunday night.
The Twins said in a statement the team and Major League Baseball “decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players, and community to not play today’s game.”
St. Peter said the team consulted with law enforcement and determined “out of an abundance of caution” to postpone Monday’s game due to safety concerns.
A police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, fatally shot Wright during an attempted arrest as part of a traffic stop Sunday afternoon, according to police.
The officer—a woman who can be heard in body camera footage during the shooting but hasn’t been identified—attempted to fire her taser but instead pulled a gun, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said Monday.
Protesting erupted on Sunday in the Brooklyn Center area, which gave way to some rioting Sunday night, leading to the National Guard being activated while around 20 buildings were damaged.
“The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright,” the team said in a statement.
National outrage over a Black man dying in police custody is again squarely focused on Minnesota, as the trial for Derek Chauvin—the Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd—enters its third week. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Monday the Biden administration is in contact with local officials after the shooting and is “incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of life at the hands of law enforcement.”
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Wright’s mother—Katie Wright—has urged protests to remain peaceful, saying, “All the violence, if it keeps going, it’s only going to be about the violence. We need it to be about why my son got shot for no reason,” according to The Associated Press.
Police: Minnesota officer meant to draw Taser, not handgun (The Associated Press)