Tampa Bay Rays say Opening Day is a “great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor”

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This undated photo provided by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar shows Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. Three months after plainclothes detectives serving a warrant busted into Tylor’s apartment on March 13, 2020, and shot the 26-year-old Black woman to death, only one of the three officers who opened fire has lost his job. Calls for action against the officers have gotten louder during a national reckoning over racism and police brutality following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. (Photo provided by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar via AP)

CBS — The Tampa Bay Rays on Twitter have called for the arrest of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black emergency technician who was killed by police in March. The team on Friday morning tweeted: “Today is Opening Day, which means it’s a great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor.” 

The team followed up the tweet announcing a $100,000 donation to local groups. The contribution, which will run annually, is meant to “build power within communities that have been historically overlooked and purposefully disadvantaged because of systemic racism.”

The organizations include the NAACP’s Hillsborough County Branch, the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, Inc., and the Pinellas County Urban League, which provides economic empowerment and educational opportunities for residents.

Taylor, 26, was fatally shot by police on March 25 during a drug raid as she slept in her Louisville home. Police did not find any narcotics during the search.

None of the three officers involved have been charged. One of the officers, Sargeant Brett Hankison, was fired from the Louisville police department. The two others, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, were placed on administrative leave.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is investigating the case, but activists and supporters of Taylor believe the investigation isn’t moving fast enough.

Pro-athletes, especially NBA players such as LeBron James, have kept Taylor’s name in the spotlight. The WNBA will allow players to wear Taylor’s name on their jerseys, along with other victims killed in alleged acts of police brutality or racial violence. 

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