Twins postpone game vs. Red Sox after police killing of Daunte Wright
The fatal shooting of Wright, a 20-year old black man, in Brooklyn Center on Sunday night has sparked outrage and protests around the area. Wright’s killing comes while former Minnesota police offer Derek Chauvin is standing trial in Minneapolis for the killing of George Floyd in May of 2020.
Target Field, in Minneapolis, is about 10 miles from Brooklyn Center.
The Twins organization released a statement on their decision to postpone Monday’s contest against the Red Sox.
“Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players, and community to not play today’s game.
The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials…The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright.”
Wright was shot at a traffic stop after being pulled over for driving a car with an expired registration. After a brief struggle, one of the officers, who has not been publicly identified, pulled her gun and shot him once.
On Monday, Brooklyn Center police chief Tim Gannon said he believes the officer meant to use her taser.
“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet. This appears to me, from what I viewed, and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. Wright.”
No makeup date was immediately announced by the Minnesota Twins or the MLB.