Kayla’s Story

It has been eight years, but we have not forgotten. The death of Kayla Moore at the hands of the Berkeley Police Department is deeply felt by many communities.

Kayla was a dear sister, daughter, friend, and life-long member of the Berkeley community. She was also a member of some of the most marginalized groups in our society. She was African-American and transgender; she lived with schizophrenia, weighed 350 pounds, and used drugs. She was criminalized, but not a criminal—just a person in need of care and support. Kayla’s death at the hands of Berkeley Police officers was tragic, unjustified, and preventable. But, given the violence faced by Black people, trans women and people with disabilities, her death was not a surprise.

Join us as we hold Kayla in our memory. Justice for Kayla Moore, and justice for everyone lost to police violence.

Read Let’s Not Forget Kayla Moore by Maria Moore, Kayla’s sister, published in Berkeleyside, 2/9/2016.

  • To learn about who Kayla was and why she matters to the community, read We Remember Kayla Moore by Nomy Lamm, published in the body is not an apology, 3/2/2015.
  • For unbiased information about what happened on the night that Kayla was killed, read People’s Investigation: In-Custody Death of Kayla Moore. *CONTENT NOTE*: The People’s Investigation contains quotes referring to Kayla by her legal name and misgendering her. The transphobia of the court system and officers is a continuation of the violent transphobia that she faced from the moment BPD came to her door. In contrast to some of the language used in this document, we uplift Kayla’s name – Kayla Moore – and her gender.

“Stories of Transformation, Justice for Kayla Moore.” Host boona cheema speaks with Kayla’s family and discusses the circumstances surrounding her death.