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Lewis Hamilton dons T-shirt calling for the arrest of cops who shot and killed Breonna Taylor

Lewis Hamilton collected his trophy for winning the Tuscan Grand Prix today wearing a t-shirt demanding the arrest of officers involved in a high-profile police shooting in America. 

The driver paid tribute to emergency medical technician Breonna Taylor, 26, who was shot dead by Louisville Metro Police in Kentucky on March 13.

Officers attended her apartment that night after securing a court-approved warrant as part of a drugs investigation that allowed officers to enter her home without any prior warning. 

Today Mr Hamilton, 35, arrived at the Mugello Circuit in Italy with the words ‘Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’ written across his torso, with a picture of the deceased woman on his back below the words ‘say her name’. 

Kentucky’s Attorney General will soon announce whether criminal charges will be filed against the officers involved in Ms Taylor’s shooting, reports have claimed. 

The three officers who fired their weapons that night have been at the center of consistent public backlash ever since, with protesters calling for them to be fired and charged with murder.

Today Mr Hamilton, 35, arrived at the Mugello Circuit in Italy with the words 'Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor' written across his torso

He had a picture of the deceased woman on his back below the words 'say her name'

Today Mr Hamilton, 35, arrived at the Mugello Circuit in Italy with the words ‘Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’ written across his torso, with a picture of the deceased woman on his back below the words ‘say her name’

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas celebrates after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Tuscany at the race track in Mugello, Italy 13 September

Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas celebrates after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Tuscany at the race track in Mugello, Italy 13 September

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas reacts after the Formula One Grand Prix of Tuscany at the race track in Mugello, Italy 13 September 2020

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes-AMG Petronas reacts after the Formula One Grand Prix of Tuscany at the race track in Mugello, Italy 13 September 2020

Ms Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker had been sleeping in bed when the officers served the warrant at around 1am

Ms Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker had been sleeping in bed when the officers served the warrant at around 1am 

Today Mr Hamilton, 35, arrived at the Mugello Circuit in Italy with the words 'Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor' written across his torso

Today Mr Hamilton, 35, arrived at the Mugello Circuit in Italy with the words ‘Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor’ written across his torso

MrHamilton's shirt bore a picture of the deceased black woman on his back below the words 'say her name'

MrHamilton’s shirt bore a picture of the deceased black woman on his back below the words ‘say her name’

One of the officers, Brett Hankison, was fired for ‘blindly’ firing 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment from outside. The other two, John Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, remain on the force on administrative assignment

On the night of the incident, Ms Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker had been sleeping in bed when the officers served the warrant at around 1am.

The suspect at the centre of the probe had apparently lived at the same address years earlier and continued to receive packages there.

Mr Walker, a licensed gun owner, had fired a shot in the direction of the doorway, thinking the couple were victims of a home invasion.  

The shot struck Sergeant Mattingly in the leg before Officer Hankinson returned fire, discharging his weapon in the direction of Walker 10 times. 

Mr Mattingly and Mr Cosgrove also opened fire. Ms Taylor was hit eight times and pronounced dead at the scene.

Message: Lewis Hamilton wore a T-shirt calling for the arrest of the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor as he arrived at Italy's Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday

Message: Lewis Hamilton wore a T-shirt calling for the arrest of the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor as he arrived at Italy’s Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday

Ms Taylor - who had no criminal record and worked for two local hospitals - was killed after police fired at least 20 rounds into the home, according to a lawsuit filed by her family

Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump said he is 'appalled' at the incident report on Taylor's death

Ms Taylor, pictured, had no criminal record and worked for two local hospitals

Brett Hankison, was fired for 'blindly' firing 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment from outside

John Mattingly

Myles Cosgrove

One of the officers, Brett Hankison (left), was fired for ‘blindly’ firing 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment from outside. The other two, (left to right) John Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, remain on the force on administrative assignment.

‘Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,’ a frantic Mr Walker told dispatchers in a 911 call.

Unbeknownst to the officers at their home, the suspect they were searching for had been taken into custody hours earlier in a separate location.

Ms Taylor’s death received national attention two months later, following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police in May.  

Campaigners have been calling for officers involved to face the force of the law, with  

Last month, Lewis Hamilton opened up on his experiences growing up in the UK dealing with racism and being part of a ‘white dominated’ sport.

The Mercedes driver has been an instrumental figure in F1’s campaigning against racism and promotion of the Black Lives Matter movement on race weekends.

Scooter: The Mercedes driver was seen riding a scooter on the grounds hours before the race

Scooter: The Mercedes driver was seen riding a scooter on the grounds hours before the race

Social media post: Ahead of stepping out in his ensemble, Lewis took to Instagram to post a selfie, along with the caption, '#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor'

Social media post: Ahead of stepping out in his ensemble, Lewis took to Instagram to post a selfie, along with the caption, ‘#JusticeForBreonnaTaylor’

Hamilton spoke with footballing legend Thierry Henry and Olympic great Tommie Smith – in a chat organised by Puma – to discuss racism they experienced in sport between three different generations.

Hamilton said: ‘I’m in a sport which is white dominated and there is very little diversity, for example. And with everything that happened in the states, it really brought up a lot of emotions for me.

‘A lot of people think it is only happening in the states. Yes, there is the police brutality in the states but systemic racism is across the world.

‘Very much in Europe and England. I experienced that a lot growing up in the UK and then when I started driving race cars.

‘This year it has come around and I have got the sport now to acknowledge that it needs to do more.’

The Mercedes driver also opened up on his early days in driving as a junior, when he and his father would be the only black people on the race scene.








On the grid: He was later seen taking a knee while continuing to wear the T-shirt on the grid

On the grid: He was later seen taking a knee while continuing to wear the T-shirt on the grid

He added: ‘When I was going to those races as a kid, we were the only black people on the race scene.

‘I don’t know if you have seen Cool Runnings but there is a scene where they arrive at the top of the hill and I don’t think they have ever seen black people up there before and that was always how it was with me and my Dad.

‘Particularly when we first started and how that felt, I was always fortunate I could lean back on my dad.’  

Mr Hamilton celebrated the 90th win of his Formula One career, one short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record, after a crash-strewn Tuscan Grand Prix on Sunday that was twice stopped and re-started.

The six-times world champion’s Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas completed the Mercedes one-two at the Ferrari-owned Mugello circuit in central Italy.

Red Bull’s British-born Thai driver Alexander Albon, whose Dutch team mate Max Verstappen retired in the gravel after a second corner collision, took third place for his first career F1 podium.

T-shirts: Other racers were also seen wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words 'end racism'

T-shirts: Other racers were also seen wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words ‘end racism’

Expression: The Formula One ace has often been seen expressing his stance against racism

Expression: The Formula One ace has often been seen expressing his stance against racism 

‘It was all a bit of a daze. It was like three races in one day,’ gasped Hamilton, who finished 4.880 seconds clear of Bottas for a record 222nd points finish in a race with three standing starts.

‘All those restarts, the focus that’s needed during that time, it’s really, really hard,’ he said.

The race was Ferrari’s 1,000th championship grand prix but the best the sport’s most successful team could manage was eighth for Charles Leclerc.

Hamilton’s sixth win in nine races this season sent him 55 points clear of Bottas, with eight rounds remaining, and the Briton also took an extra point for fastest lap.

Mercedes, celebrating their 100th win in the modern era, are now 152 points clear of second-placed Red Bull in the constructors’ standings.








Tragedy: Breonna Taylor, 26, pictured, died in the early hours of March 13 after cops raided her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where they shot her eight times

Tragedy: Breonna Taylor, 26, pictured, died in the early hours of March 13 after cops raided her home in Louisville, Kentucky, where they shot her eight times

Racism: Formula 1 champ Lewis recently opened up on his experiences growing up with racism

Racism: Formula 1 champ Lewis recently opened up on his experiences growing up with racism

The race was first stopped eight laps in after a mass-collision among backmarkers when the safety car, deployed at the end of the opening lap, headed back into the pits.

It was red-flagged again with 13 laps remaining when Canadian Lance Stroll crashed his Racing Point after an apparent puncture.

Mr Hamilton has previously said: ‘I’m in a sport which is white dominated and there is very little diversity, for example. And with everything that happened in the states, it really brought up a lot of emotions for me. 

‘A lot of people think it is only happening in the states. Yes, there is the police brutality in the states but systemic racism is across the world. 

‘Very much in Europe and England. I experienced that a lot growing up in the UK and then when I started driving race cars. 

‘This year it has come around and I have got the sport now to acknowledge that it needs to do more.’

Battle: Hamilton has been an instrumental figure in Formula One's support to end racism

Battle: Hamilton has been an instrumental figure in Formula One’s support to end racism 

BLM: The Mercedes driver has been active in his support for the Black Lives Matter movement

BLM: The Mercedes driver has been active in his support for the Black Lives Matter movement

Early days: The Mercedes driver also opened up on his early days in driving as a junior, when he and his father would be the only black people on the race scene

Early days: The Mercedes driver also opened up on his early days in driving as a junior, when he and his father would be the only black people on the race scene 

The Mercedes driver also opened up on his early days in driving as a junior, when he and his father would be the only black people on the race scene.

He added: ‘When I was going to those races as a kid, we were the only black people on the race scene.

‘I don’t know if you have seen Cool Runnings but there is a scene where they arrive at the top of the hill and I don’t think they have ever seen black people up there before and that was always how it was with me and my Dad. 

‘Particularly when we first started and how that felt, I was always fortunate I could lean back on my dad.’  

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