John Sommers II / reuters
UNITED STATES – This is not an advertisement, but a demand for justice. In the city of Louisville, Kentucky, Oprah Winfrey bought about 20 billboards to demand the arrest of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman shot to death by police in her home.
“We ask that the police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor be arrested and prosecuted,” reads the poster, where the name of the victim appears in capital letters. “If you look away from racism, you become an accomplice.”
A message that will be visible in 26 places in the city, Breonna Taylor’s age at the time of her death.
The death of Breonna Taylor, a paramedic who was shot dead in March 2020 by police while at her home, has stood as one of the last (and umpteenth) pieces of evidence of police racism in the United States.
Since then, and in the aftermath of the demonstrations that followed George Floyd’s, many American personalities such as Beyoncé and LeBron James have spoken out in favor of the police officers implicated in his death being charged.
The agents involved little concerned
In addition to buying the billboards in Kentucky, Oprah Winfrey also dedicated the September issue of her magazine to the 26-year-old paramedic, for the first time in 20 years to appear on the cover in person.
“Breonna Taylor. She was just like you. And like anyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future with many responsibilities, with work, friends, laughter. Imagine that three unidentified men enter your house while you sleep. And have your partner pull out a gun to protect you. And then the mess. What I know: we can’t keep quiet. We must use all the megaphones at our disposal to demand justice. And that’s why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of “O” magazine. I demand justice in her name ”, wrote the famous American presenter.
Breonna Taylor was at home with her boyfriend in Louisville when police opened the door without warning, according to the family’s attorney. The officers, armed with a search warrant, were acting on an erroneous search notice on a suspect who no longer lived in the building and was already in custody. Alerted by the intrusion, the girl’s partner pulled out a pistol. The police responded by shooting. They hit the young woman with at least eight bullets, resulting in her death.
Since then, more than 140 days have passed without any of the three police officers involved feeling really concerned: one of them was fired and the others on administrative leave.
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