On April 18, 2020 Steven Taylor was murdered in the midst of a mental health crisis by San Leandro Police. The incident was captured on both cell phone and police body camera footage. Within minutes of arriving on scene, Steven was shot dead after little attempt to de-escalate without lethal force. After being shot, officers tased him again, causing him to die on the scene. One of the officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, while the other is still working. and city, county, and state officials are slow to respond and investigate.
It took the city almost 2 months to be contacted by any city or state leadership in regards to this tragedy. Recently, the city called for the California Attorney General to conduct an independent investigation, but we demand more be done to ensure justice is served. We demand the officers involved be fired and charged; we demand that the city take active steps toward ensuring this does not happen again. Recently, the Taylor family hosted a press conference to express their frustrations with local leadership: Taylor Family Press Conference.
This GoFundMe campaign will support Steven’s family with legal fees, as well as help to financially support his children and family with expenses. Please donate if you can! Funds will go directly to Addie Kitchen, Steven Taylor's grandmother. She is the beneficiary of this fundraiser.
If donating money is not an option for you right now, please support by contacting city, county, and state officials to demand that justice be served! You can find a link to a pre-filled email to send here: EMAIL TEMPLATE .
This fundraiser was started by SLHS ALUMNI in solidarity with the Taylor family. Thank you!
- Eseel Borlasa
- Peggy S Su
Organizer and beneficiary
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