Dodger Stadium was lit up for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on Wednesday night as the team paid tribute to George Floyd, an unarmed African-American man who died after a Minneapolis cop kneeled on his neck for that same amount of time during a violent arrest on May 25.
'Tonight, the Dodgers joined families across Los Angeles in shining our Dodger Stadium lights into the sky at 9 pm for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in recognition of George Floyd,' read a tweet from the team. 'The Dodgers join all Angelenos in this peaceful display of unity to shine a light in the darkness.'
According to reports, local citizens were seen stepping out of their cars to capture the moment on their phones.
Dodger Stadium has remained dormant this spring as the Major League Baseball season remains on hold during the coronavirus outbreak.
Dodger Stadium was lit up for 8 minutes and 46 seconds on Wednesday night as the team paid tribute to George Floyd , an unarmed African-American man who died after a Minneapolis cop kneeled on his neck for that same amount of time during a violent arrest on May 25
The Brooklyn Dodgers became the first integrated MLB team during the 1947 season when general manager Branch Rickey promoted former Negro League star Jackie Robinson from their minor league affiliate in Montreal.
Although Robinson retired before the team moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season, his memory is honored outside Dodger Stadium with a statue depicting him stealing home during the 1955 World Series.
On Monday, the team referenced Robinson while addressing the ongoing outrage over Floyd's killing.
George Floyd, 46, died during a violent arrest in Minneapolis on May 25 when a cop kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, leaving him motionless
'As we stood with Jackie Robinson to overcome the barrier of racism in our sport, we now stand with all Americans who will no longer tolerate the evils of racism and social injustice in our society,' read the statement. 'We must remain dedicated to the pursuit of freedom, equality, and justice for all.'
The team also included a quote from Robinson: 'There is not an American in this country that is free until every one of us is free.'
Meanwhile at Robinson's alma mater, UCLA, Los Angeles police were rounding up protestors and holding them on a baseball field named for the civil rights figure.
The school has since condemned the LAPD for using Jackie Robinson Stadium as a 'field jail.'
'We're troubled by accounts of Jackie Robinson Stadium being used as a 'field jail,' read the school's statement. 'This was done without UCLA's knowledge or permission.
'As lessee of the stadium, we informed local agencies that UCLA will NOT grant permission should there be a request like this in the future.'
The announcement came just a day after nearly 60 professors wrote a letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene D. Block and the university's Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Emily Carter demanding that authorities stop using university property 'as a outpost at this moment of national uprising.'
Floyd, a native of Houston, was being arrested in Minneapolis on May 25 for allegedly using forged currency at a local store.
All four Minneapolis police officers involved in his arrest are now in custody after being fired and later charged by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Derek Chauvin, who is seen in the arrest video kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes, has been charged with second- and third-degree murder as well as manslaughter.
The other officers — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao — are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Second-degree murder as well as aiding and abetting second-degree murder are both punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
Protests over Floyd's killing have raged across the country in the nearly two weeks since his death. Police and national guardsmen have arrested over 4,400 demonstrators during that time. Los Angeles has arrested the most protestors, 931, according to the Associated Press.
Thursday marked the 48th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's No. 42 being retired at Dodger Stadium. Robinson's former teammates Roy Campanella and Sandy Koufax, who began his career in Brooklyn in 1955, were also honored that day.
Thursday marked the 48th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's No. 42 being retired at Dodger Stadium. Robinson's former teammates Roy Campanella and Sandy Koufax, who began his career in Brooklyn in 1955, were also honored that day