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LeBron James, Lakers Wear MAGA-Like Hats Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor

The phrase “Make America Great Again” was still present on the hats, but the words “Great Again” were crossed out and replaced with “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor.”

LeBron James | Instagram/lakers
LeBron James | Instagram/lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers arrived for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series wearing what appeared to be the traditional “Make America Great Again” caps donned frequently by President Trump and his supporters — but these caps were stitched with a twist. 

The phrase “Make America Great Again” was still present on the hats, but the words “Great Again” were crossed out and replaced with “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor.”

The Lakers’ Instagram account also shared photos of the players in the red caps with the caption,“Justice for Breonna Taylor.”
 

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Following the Tuesday game, James also wore the cap while speaking about Taylor to reporters.

"This is something that we continue to put our foot on the gas, continue to pressure," James said. "The situation that's going on in Louisville, Kentucky, an innocent woman being killed, by the name of Breonna Taylor, a woman who had a bright future, and her life was taken away from her. There have been no arrests. There's been no justice -- not only for her but for her family. We want to continue to shed light on that situation. It's just unjust."

Louisville police officers shot and killed Taylor, a 26-year-old licensed EMT, in March after forcing their way inside her home with a no-knock search warrant in a drug investigation. 

The Louisville Metro Police Department claimed in March that the plainclothes officers, none of whom were wearing body cameras, announced themselves before entering the apartment. The cops then returned gunfire when Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who is a licensed gun owner, shot at them.

However, in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her family, Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer said the officers did not identify themselves, and that Walker thought that someone was breaking into the home. Once the officers were inside, the suit says they proceeded to “spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life,” and shot Taylor at least eight times. The suit also says neither Taylor nor Walker have any criminal history of drugs or violence.

Many celebrities have advocated for the officers involved in Taylor’s death to be arrested and charged. Oprah Winfrey recently announced that she is devoting the cover of “O” Magazine’s September issue to Taylor and set up billboards around Louisville, KY demanding justice for her.