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Oprah Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor With Billboards

Oprah Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor With Billboards
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By    |   Friday, 07 August 2020 03:49 PM

Oprah Winfrey already put Breonna Taylor on the cover of her magazine — now she’s launched a billboard campaign for justice for the Kentucky woman shot to death during a police raid.

Twenty-six billboards — one for every year of her life — displaying a portrait of Taylor are going up across Louisville, Ky., demanding police officers involved in her death be arrested and charged, according to social justice organization Until Freedom. 

They were all funded by O, The Oprah Magazine, and showcase the publication that was dedicated to Taylor, the Courier Journal reported. 

Winfrey wrote about Taylor for the magazine on July 30, stressing, "we can't be silent."

"Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem," the 66-year-old wrote. "What I know for sure: We can't be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of O magazine. I cry for justice in her name."

Shannon Watts, founder of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America supports the billboards, tweeting, "Oprah Winfrey is amplifying Breonna Taylor's story and demanding accountability for her shooting death at the hands of police by erecting 26 billboards across Louisville - one billboard for every year of Breonna's life. #BreonnaTalyor."

Film producer Ty Stiklorius added: "This! Plaster the town until justice is served for Breonna Taylor. Thank you, Oprah."

Taylor, an emergency medical tech studying to become a nurse, was fatally shot March 13 when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment using a no-knock warrant during a narcotics investigation. The warrant to search her home was in connection with a suspect who didn't live there and no drugs were found.

The decision whether to bring state-level criminal charges against the Louisville officers rests with Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. He took the Taylor case after a local prosecutor recused himself from reviewing the matter. One of the officers has been terminated and two other officers are on administrative reassignment.

"We remain committed to an independent and thorough investigation into the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor," Cameron, the first African American elected to the attorney general's job in Kentucky, tweeted Friday.

"The investigation remains ongoing, and we currently await additional testing and analysis from federal partners, including a ballistics test from the FBI crime lab."

The FBI field office in Louisville said Friday that a "significant amount of ballistic evidence" was collected when investigators returned to Taylor's apartment in June.

"This evidence is being tested and analyzed at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia," the FBI's Louisville office said in a statement. "Once the FBI Laboratory has completed its findings, FBI Louisville will promptly share our results with the attorney general's office."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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