|LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – New billboards are going up in Louisville and Lexington this week, crowdfunded by thousands of people around the country who want to see more justice for the tragic loss of Breonna Taylor.
The billboards, led by Loralei HoJay who started the viral petition demanding justice for Breonna Taylor that has become the second-largest petition in Change.org’s history, call for passage of the “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act” – federal legislation that would ban the use of no-knock warrants throughout the United States.
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They direct viewers to callforbreonna.com, a call tool site built by Change.org to help constituents connect to their Members of Congress to push for passage of the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act.
“I was extremely disheartened about the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor last month, and even more disappointed when the tapes were released. This is a case of systemic injustice and a complete failure of accountability in our government to get justice for Breonna,” says HoJay. “I am now determined to achieve legislative justice for Breonna. Our goal is to get the Justice for Breonna Act passed through the United States Congress, and these billboards will establish an imperative first-step in demonstrating to Mitch McConnell and other legislators in Kentucky that it is time to put partisan politics aside and unite to pass this bill.”
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron came under more fire this week as two grand jury members – who last month only brought minor charges forward for one of the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death – have spoken out about the Attorney General’s failure to present other charges the grand jury could have pursued.
This has led to thousands of people around the country calling out for more systemic change, including calls from Breonna Taylor’s family for policing reform and criminal justice reform that would ban no-knock warrants.
The billboards will continue to go up this week in Louisville and Lexington. They were paid for by 1,900 backers of a crowdfunding campaign led by HoJay, with many of the backers being people who signed her viral petition
All told nearly $80,000 has been raised so far to run these billboards in Kentucky.
“No American citizen should ever die the way Breonna did, and the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act would play a significant role not only in addressing this travesty, but in creating a stepping stone to address systemic flaws in our policing,” says HoJay.