Sports world responds after officers go uncharged in death of Breonna Taylor: 'Bullsh–, Disgraceful'

September 23, 2020

A Kentucky grand jury declined to press charges against six police officers in the fatal shooting of a Black emergency medical worker in her apartment, it was announced on Wednesday.

The six Louisville officers will not face charges in the deadly shooting involving slain EMT Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, according to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

One officer was indicted on charges of wanton endangerment for allegedly firing his weapon into the wall of one of Taylor's neighbors.

Taylor's tragic death shocked the sports world and became a focal point of calls for justice from countless athletes.

Houston Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was arrested at a July protest outside Cameron's home, while several NBA stars participating in the league's restart at Disney World dedicated their seasons in Taylor's memory. LeBron James rocked a "Make America Arrest the Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor" hat, and the Tampa Bay Rays in July boldly declared that Opening Day was a "great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor."

Wednesday's news renewed passions on social media, including those of at least two star athletes who played their college ball at the University of Louisville -- in Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell and Los Angeles Clippers star Montrezl Harrell.

LeBron James weighed in with several tweets:

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, speaking during the network's halftime show during the Miami Heat-Boston Celtics playoff game, wistfully quipped that he chose his best threads for the night's show in case he got fired for saying something too charged.

NBPA President Michele Roberts lamented the jury's decision in a statement:

Some expressed their thoughts in a few short words:

Many suggested there are two justice systems:

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