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Oprah Winfrey putting Breonna Taylor billboards up in Kentucky city

 

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Oprah Winfrey takes part in the Women In The World Summit in New York City, U.S., April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/Files

 

(Reuters) - First Oprah Winfrey gave up her usual place on the cover of O magazine to Breonna Taylor. Now she is posting billboards of the slain emergency room technician, seeking criminal charges for the police who killed the Black woman in her own apartment.

 

O, The Oprah Magazine said it is posting 26 billboards with Taylor's image around Louisville, the Kentucky city where Taylor was killed in her home on March 13 in a case that has motivated activists for racial equality across the United States.

 

"Demand that the police involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor be arrested and charged," reads the billboard, which is similar to the cover of the September issue of O going on newsstands on Aug. 11. It will be the first time in 20 years that a photo of Winfrey has not graced the cover of her own magazine.

 

The cover and billboard also feature a quote by Winfrey, the actress and entertainment and lifestyle mogul, which reads: "If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it."

 

The billboards began going up on Thursday and will be installed by Monday, the magazine said. They will stay up for a month.

 

Taylor was killed by Louisville police executing a no-knock search warrant who burst into her home with a battering ram.

Taylor's boyfriend fired his gun at the intruders, who returned fire, killing Taylor.

 

Activists, including a number of NBA players and celebrities, are protesting that no criminal charges have been filed, a cause that was amplified by the international reaction to the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

 

One Louisville police officer was fired and two others were placed on administrative assignment for the Taylor incident.

 

(Reporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Dan Grebler)

 

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No Knock warrants need to be banned.  

 

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/12/876293168/no-knock-warrants-how-common-they-are-and-why-police-are-using-them

 

"we see about 8 to 10 cases per year where a completely innocent person is killed among these raids"

 

I have a cousin who was a cop in Baltimore in the 80's and he went on a no knock drug bust that involved city, state and feds. He said a fed had a gun in his face and he almost got shot. Quit that task force the next week and quit the police force about 3 months later.

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She put herself in the line of fire by association, really tired of this "it's someone else's fault" mentality.

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51 minutes ago, rgraham said:

She put herself in the line of fire by association, really tired of this "it's someone else's fault" mentality.

The three cops were serving a no knock warrent for a person the police department had already arrested earlier in the day. No way was the person they were searching for at that residence at that time, he was already in the local jail. 

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2 hours ago, rgraham said:

She put herself in the line of fire by association, really tired of this "it's someone else's fault" mentality.

So despite the fact that she was totally innocent you believe it was her fault? What was wrong with a normal warrant?

 

I am getting really tired of this "Blame the victim" mentality. It must have been her fault as she was there at the time.

 

How about blaming the police department for not keeping their cops up to date?

 

IMHO her boyfriend opened fire to defend the victim and himself as he would have no idea who had smashed the door in other than that they were armed. They could have been intruders intent on robbing and killing the people in the apartment.

 

1 hour ago, IAMHERE said:

The three cops were serving a no knock warrent for a person the police department had already arrested earlier in the day. No way was the person they were searching for at that residence at that time, he was already in the local jail. 

So why were those cops executing a warrant, even though the guy they wanted was ALREADY in jail?

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