Rays referred to as out by county sheriff for Breonna Taylor tweet: ‘Mistaken and improper’

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri has taken situation with the Tampa Bay Rays’ option to tweet about justice for Breonna Taylor.

Gualtieri, sheriff of Pinellas County in Florida, spoke with Tampa Bay president Matt Silverman concerning the viral tweet that referred to as for the arrest of the killers of Breonna Taylor, which was despatched on Opening Day. 

“Right now is Opening Day, which implies it is an excellent day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor,” the tweet reads.

“To show a baseball occasion right into a political occasion is uncalled for,” Gualtieri mentioned, by way of the Tampa Bay Times. “It is simply flawed, and it is improper. It is simply reckless. It is throwing gasoline on the hearth, and it did not must occur.”

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The Rays issued an announcement to the Tampa Bay Occasions, however would not touch upon the discussions between the group and the sheriff.

“We’re grateful for the dialogue we proceed to have with Sheriff Gualtieri and lots of different regulation enforcement personnel,” the assertion mentioned, per the Occasions.

Gualtieri wasn’t alone in his displeasure for the tweet, as St. Petersburg police chief Anthony Holloway “disagreed with its characterization of the officers” and was “very involved” with the message the group despatched.

Holloway mentioned that the St. Petersburg police will proceed to offer safety and enforcement providers regardless of the Rays’ tweet, whereas Gualtieri plans to reevaluate the sheriff’s division relationship with the membership. At current, Pinellas County deputies guard the room the place concessions cash is held and likewise assist with different jobs across the stadium, together with site visitors management and safety.

The Rays’ tweet was one of many extra outstanding statements from MLB organizations, and a part of the league’s bigger initiative to deliver gentle to social and racial justice points in 2020. MLB gamers staged demonstrations earlier than every workforce’s respective first recreation of the season, with some gamers selecting to kneel in the course of the nationwide anthem.

Taylor, 26, was killed in her residence on March 12 after Louisville police raided her residence with the ability of a no-knock warrant. Police exchanged fireplace with Taylor’s boyfriend, who thought the officers had been residence invaders. Taylor was killed by police within the crossfire.

Previously, Gualtieri has been outspoken within the deaths of Black People, including condemning Derek Chauvin in his killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.