Breonna Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, was removed from a Louisville, Kentucky, courtroom on Thursday where ex-Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison is currently on trial facing criminal charges. Palmer was allegedly removed from the courtroom because she wore a jacket bearing the face of her late daughter on the front.
According to the Louisville Courier Journal, Taylor's younger sister, Juniyah Palmer, said she and her mother were told by one of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputies that her jacket "isn't going to work."
Juniyah wore a letterman-style black and red jacket to the courthouse. The coat was accessorized with Taylor's face on the front and back with the letter "B" and the date March 13, 2020, on the sleeve of the jacket to signify the date of her death.
Circuit Court Judge Ann Bailey Smith's staff attorney released a statement on the situation, saying, "Standard 'dress code' for spectators in the courtroom is that no one should wear any attire or display any object that is so inherently prejudicial that it would deprive the defendant of a fair trial."
The statement goes on to say that any clothing that "prominently displays sympathy for either side in a trial may prejudice the jury, or appear to do so, and it could result in a mistrial or an appellate court's reversal of the jury's ultimate decision."
The deputy allegedly shared a similar message with another woman attending the trial.
"He asked the one woman wearing a Breonna tee to cover it; after she responded with foul language, he said that he asked her to leave," the statement from Smith's staff read.