(CNN)Athletes -- many who have used their platforms to take stances against police brutality over the past few months -- expressed their disappointment Wednesday after a grand jury in Louisville, Kentucky, decided not to charge officers with killing Breonna Taylor.
Athletes express disappointment over Breonna Taylor decision
"The white supremacist institution of policing that stole Breonna Taylor's life from us must be abolished for the safety and well being of our people," Colin Kaepernick wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency room technician and aspiring nurse, was shot to death in March after Louisville police officers broke down the door to her apartment while executing a late-night warrant in a narcotics investigation.
Former police officer Brett Hankison, who one of the officers involved in the shooting, was indicted on first-degree wanton endangerment charges for his actions on the night Breonna Taylor was killed. Two other officers who also fired shots during the botched March raid were not indicted, meaning no officer was charged in the killing.
"I've been lost for words today!" Los Angeles Lakers' star LeBron James said in a thread on Twitter.
"I'm devastated, hurt, sad, mad! We want Justice for Breonna yet justice was met for her neighbors apartment walls and not her beautiful life. Was I surprised at the verdict. Absolutely not but damnit I was & still am hurt and heavy hearted! I send my love to Breonna mother, family and friends! I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!!"
In a separate tweet, James wrote, "JUST SAY HER NAME" in all caps.
James, who has been leading the way in setting an agenda of racial justice among the sport's most influential players, is among the many in the sports world to show their support for Taylor's family.
For months, athletes across leagues, including the NBA, WNBA, MLB and NFL, have taken unprecedented action in showcasing their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. From refusing to play their regularly scheduled games to wearing attire with messaging demanding justice for Taylor, players have been vocal in their calls for social justice.