Tennis player Naoli Osaka wears a mask in memory of Elijah McClain

Tennis player Naomi Osaka has stepped onto court wearing mask in memory of Elijah McClain who was shot and killed by police in Colorado.

Osaka entered the Arthur Ashe Stadium wearing the mask that read 'Elijah McClain' before her US Open win on Wednesday. 

McClain, 23, died after being stopped on the street and put into a chokehold in the Denver suburb of Aurora on August 24, 2019.  

Tennis player Naomi Osaka stepped onto court wearing mask in memory of Elijah McClain who was shot and killed by police in Colorado, pictured above

Tennis player Naomi Osaka stepped onto court wearing mask in memory of Elijah McClain who was shot and killed by police in Colorado, pictured above 

He was walking alone along a street after buying iced tea from a convenience store when he was stopped by three white officers.

The officers - Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema - said they were responding to a call about a suspicious person wearing a ski mask and waving his arms.  

The 911 caller had told the dispatcher that the man, identified as McClain, 'might be a good person or a bad person' and noted that he didn't have any weapons on him.  

When he was approached by the officers, McClain insisted he had done nothing wrong and kept walking. Bodycam footage shows McClain being tackled to the ground and put in a chokehold by the officers. 

Elijah McClain, 23, died after being stopped on the street and put into a chokehold in the Denver suburb of Aurora on August 24, 2019

Elijah McClain, 23, died after being stopped on the street and put into a chokehold in the Denver suburb of Aurora on August 24, 2019 

Paramedics later injected him with 500mg of the sedative ketamine to calm him down. During the confrontation, McClain said he could not breathe before vomiting repeatedly, fainting and then going into cardiac arrest. 

He was later declared brain dead and taken off life support several days later.

It comes two days after Osaka wore a face-mask onto the court bearing the name of Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead by police in Louisville in March.  

The tennis star had initially pulled out of her semi-final at last week's Western & Southern Open in solidarity with protesters.

The 22-year-old Osaka said that she planned to wear a mask bearing the name of a different shooting

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