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Police Furious With Major League Baseball Team

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Yonny Chirinos of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Atlanta Braves on July 28, 2020 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 31 July 2020 11:51 AM

Police are furious over a tweet by the Tampa Bay Rays calling for the arrest of the killers of Breonna Taylor. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County in Florida is so angry about the post that he is reconsidering his department's ties with the club while St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway said he was concerned about the message the organization was sending out to fans, according to the Tampa Bay Times in a report published on Thursday.

The tweet shared on July 24 read: "Today is Opening Day, which means it's a great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor."

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was killed earlier this year when police broke down her apartment door in an attempted drug sting and shot her eight times. Her boyfriend thought the officers were intruders and fired one shot as they entered with a no-knock warrant.

Gualtieri said it was not necessary for the Rays to turn a baseball event into a political statement.

"It's just wrong, and it's improper. It's just reckless. It's throwing gasoline on the fire, and it didn't need to happen," he said.

Gualtieri has been in discussions with the Rays' president Matt Silverman regarding the viral tweet and said he was reevaluating his relationship with the club.

Holloway also expressed his distaste for the tweet, stating that he "disagreed with its characterization of the officers" but his agency will continue to work with the Rays.

"I called the Rays organization and we had a long discussion," he said. "However, this one tweet will not impact our commitment as a professional agency to provide a secure environment for fans at future Rays games."

The Rays said policy prohibited it from commenting on "private conversations" but in a statement said, "We are grateful for the dialogue we continue to have with Sheriff Gualtieri and many other law enforcement personnel."

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Police are furious over a tweet by the Tampa Bay Rays calling for the arrest of the killers of Breonna Taylor. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County in Florida is so angry about the post that he is reconsidering his department's ties with the club while St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony...
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