Oprah WinfreyÂ and her O magazine team are using 26 billboards to demand that the officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor be arrested.
The 66-year-old business mogul erected one billboard for every year of Taylorâ€™s life around Louisville, Kentucky, where the emergency room technician lived, according to WLKY.
Taylor was shot and killed by police officers in her own home in March after they used a no-knock warrantÂ to enter amid a narcotics investigation. Their warrant was to search a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found inside Taylorâ€™s home. Her death, alongside the deaths of other victims of police killings such as George Floyd in Minneapolis, has helped spark a nationwide movement to reckon with racial inequality and police brutality in America.Â
The officers involved in Taylorâ€™s death â€” Detective Brett Hankison, Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove â€” have not been charged; Hankison was fired, while Mattingly and Cosgrove were simply placed on administrative leave.
Winfreyâ€™s billboards, which began going up on Thursday and are scheduled to all be in place by Monday, read: â€œDemand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged. Visit UntilFreedom.com.â€
United Freedom, anÂ â€œintersectional social justice organization rooted in the leadership of diverse people of color to address systemic and racial injustice,â€ is actively working on bringing justice to Taylorâ€™s family and were the organizers of a rally last month outside Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameronâ€™s home.
â€œShe was just like me,â€ Winfrey wroteÂ on the publicationâ€™s website. â€œShe was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter.â€
The former talk show host explained why she chose to feature Taylor on the website and on social media: â€œImagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping and your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem … We canâ€™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.â€
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