Naomi Osaka Wears a Breonna Taylor Mask For Round 1 of the US Open
Osaka won her first 2020 US Open match against fellow Japanese tennis player Misaki Doi 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 on the night of Aug. 31. While entering and exiting the court in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Osaka donned a face mask with Breonna Taylor's name printed on the front. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was fatally shot by police on March 13 while she was sleeping next to her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, in Louisville, KY. Police used a no-knock warrant for a drug raid linked to her ex-boyfriend and began shooting after Walker, who went on to claim self-defense, shot once.
One of the officers involved, Brett Hankison, was fired in June, and Breonna's Law was passed, banning no-knock warrants. Protesters are calling for the three officers involved, including Hankison, to be charged.