US athletes who have supported the Black Lives Matter movement for months have decried the decision in the alleged shooting case of Breonna Taylor, a black woman, Wednesday.
A grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky charged detective Brett Hankison with three counts of “wanton endangerment” over shots fired into adjoining apartments.
All three officers who fired the shots that killed Taylor, were not charged in direct connection to her death.
“Something was done, but it wasn’t enough. Most guys thought it was definitely not enough,” Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green told reporters.
Messages backing the movement and calling for police reforms have been a motto of the league’s return to play amid coronavirus.
Green said that the team would continue to find ways to promote the cause of racial justice and police reform.
“It’s a tough one. We’re still trying to make the proper steps… What happened today wasn’t enough. We felt, and I’m sure most people around the country felt the same.”
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr added, “It’s just so demoralizing. It’s so discouraging,” said Kerr. “I just keep thinking about the generation of American kids of any colour. Is this way the way we want to raise them? Is this the country we want to live in? There’s just so much violence and it’s demoralizing when we can’t be accountable or hold anyone to account for it.”
The reactions were not limited to the National Board of Accreditation.
Megan Rapinoe, the trailblazing World Cup star and feminist icon said, “My heart is with the family of Breonna Taylor right now,” Rapinoe said on social media.
“My god. This is devastating and unfortunately not surprising. Black and brown folx in this country deserve so much more.”
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old medical worker, died on March 13 when police fired eight bullets at her in her own apartment.