Friday, August 7, 2020
Oprah Winfrey and the O Magazine team are erecting 26 billboards (representing every year of Breonna Taylor’s life) demanding justice for Breonna Taylor who was fatally shot by Louisville police while they were serving a warrant back in mid-March.
Oprah’s Erects 26 Billboards Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor Outside Louisville, Kentucky
The billboards will feature the same image of Taylor that was used for O magazine cover. The billboards also feature a URL for the social justice organization website UntilFreedom.com and a quote from Winfrey, saying, “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”
The billboard activation began on Thursday (Aug 6) and will be completed by Monday. Until Freedom is a national organization focused on racial and social injustices who recently moved its entire network to Louisville.
According to WKLY, the call to action reads: “Demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged. Visit UntilFreedom.com.”
Last week, for the first time in the magazine’s history, Winfrey dedicated the cover of O Magazine to Breonna Taylor for the September issue, which becomes available on Aug. 11.
The public outcry for justice in Taylor’s case has been far and wide, with many frustrated why the decision in the Breonna Taylor case is taking so long.
Protesters clash with the police on Friday in Louisville, Ky. They were calling for police accountability in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron tweeted an update on Friday saying his office is waiting on additional testing and analysis from federal partners, including a ballistics test from the FBI crime lab for evidence collected during a two-day search at Taylor’s Louisville apartment on June 19th. Investigators found a significant amount of ballistic evidence and completed a shooting reconstruction, according to an FBI representative.
That evidence is now being analyzed at the FBI Laboratory in Quantico, Virginia. In a news release on Friday (Aug 7)the FBI said, “once the FBI Laboratory has completed its findings, FBI Louisville will promptly share our results with the Attorney General’s Office.” Based on Cameron’s tweet, a decision won't be made in the case on Taylor’s killing until that evidence is ready.