Oprah Winfrey Commissions 26 Billboards Demanding Arrests In Breonna Taylor’s Killing
O, The Oprah Magazine has commissioned 26 billboards calling for the arrest of the police officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor to be placed across Louisville, Ky., The signs “Demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged.” The signs also refer to Until Freedom, a social justice organization that has pushed for police accountability in Taylor’s death. The number 26 represents one for every year Taylor was alive.
Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove on March 13, 2020. Three plainclothes LMPD officers executing a no-knock search warrant entered her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. Gunfire was exchanged between Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker and the officers. Walker said that he believed that the officers were intruders. The LMPD officers fired over twenty shots. Taylor was shot eight times and LMPD Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly was injured by gunfire. Another police officer and an LMPD lieutenant were on the scene when the warrant was executed.