All The Police Brutality Victims That Naomi Osaka Honoured With Her Face Masks

For her second round match Sept. 2, Osaka's mask commemorated Elijah McClain. (GETTY IMAGES)

Three-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka used her run to the in the competition to draw attention to police brutality and racism by wearing face masks with the names of Black people who were killed as a result of police brutality.

Osaka beat Victoria Azarenka on Saturday, September 12, 2020, to win her second US Open title.

Her face masks had on it the names of 7 victims of police brutality.

Here are the police brutality victims that Naomi Osaka honoured:

Breonna Taylor

Breonna Taylor during a graduation ceremony in Louisville, Ky. (Courtesy of Family of Breonna Taylor/AFP – Getty Images)

Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician. She was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on March 13, 2020. Taylor was reportedly shot eight times.

Naomi Osaka wore a mask emblazoned with Breonna Taylor’s name before her first-round match of the US Open tennis championships Aug. 31. (image via ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Elijah McClain

Elijah McClain died after the Aurora, Colo., police restrained him with a now-banned carotid hold. (Credit: Family photo/Facebook)

Elijah McClain was a 23-year-old African-American massage therapist from Aurora, Colorado who died after being placed in a chokehold by police and being sedated by paramedics.

For her second round match Sept. 2, Osaka’s mask commemorated Elijah McClain. (GETTY IMAGES)

Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery (Marcus Arbery/Handout via REUTERS)

Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American man, died on February 23, 2020, after he was pursued and fatally shot by while jogging near Brunswick in Glynn County, Georgia. He was shot by one of three white residents who pursued him. Arbery’s killing and the delayed investigation and arrests of suspects sparked debates about the lack of racial equality in the United States.

Naomi Osaka wore Ahmaud Arbery stenciled on her face mask after winning her third round match on Sept. 4. (GETTY IMAGES)

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin

Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old African-American from Miami Gardens, Florida, who was fatally shot in Sanford, Florida by George Zimmerman on the evening of February 26, 2012. Zimmerman saw Martin and reported him to the Sanford Police as suspicious. Several minutes later, there was an altercation and Zimmerman fatally shot Martin in the chest.

Naomi Osaka wore a mask with the name of Trayvon Martin printed on it after her fourth round win Sept. 6. (GETTY IMAGES)

George Floyd

George Floyd (Forum News Service/courtesy photo)

George Floyd, 46, was an African-American man killed during an arrest after a store clerk alleged he had passed a counterfeit $20 bill in Minneapolis. A white police officer named Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for a period initially reported to be 8 minutes and 46 seconds. After his death, protests against police brutality towards black people quickly spread across the United States and internationally.

Naomi Osaka represented George Floyd’s name as she arrived on court Sept. 8, shortly before she won her quarterfinal match. (image via ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Philando Castile

Philando Castile (credit: CBS)

Philando Castile, a 32-year-old African American man was fatally shot, on July 6, 2016, during a traffic stop by Jeronimo Yanez, a police officer with the St. Anthony, Minnesota police department.

Naomi Osaka adjusts her mask, emblazoned with Philando Castile’s name, after winning a semifinal match of the US Open. (image via ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Tamir Rice

Trayvon Martin

Tamir Rice, a 12-year old African-American boy, was killed in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 22, 2014, by Timothy Loehmann, a 26-year-old white police officer. Rice was carrying a replica toy gun and Loehmann shot him almost immediately after arriving on the scene, following reports that a male was pointing “a pistol” at random people at the Cudell Recreation Center, a park in the City of Cleveland’s Public Works Department.

Naomi Osaka reveals her last face mask before playing against Victoria Azarenka in the women’s singles final of the US Open tennis championships Saturday. (image via ASSOCIATED PRESS)

When asked the message she wanted to get across with her masks, Osaka said: “Well, what was the message that you got was more the question.”

“I feel like the point is to make people start talking,” she added after her victory.

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