Hundreds of photos in Oakland memorialize those killed by police

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A protest in Oakland Thursday over the decision not to charge officers in the death of Breonna Taylor took place against a powerful backdrop.

The steps lining the amphitheater outside of City Hall were completely lined with black and white poster-sized photos, each one of a person of color who was killed by a police officer.

“There’s 507 and there’s only – I ran out of money before I ran out of pictures to enlarge,” said criminal justice activist Dorsey Nunn, founder of All of Us or None and executive director of Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.

He also ran out of space when placing them on the amphitheater seats, leaving behind two foot-high stacks of poster boards that did not fit.

The crowd at the protest was spread out, observing physical distancing. But the pictures could be seen in the gaps between those gathered, adding a large presence.

“I just want to show everybody what it looks like, cause they don’t see it,” said Nunn. “We wanted to make it as simple as possible so they couldn’t be confused about what we were trying to state. The name of the exhibit is ‘Stop Killing Us’.”

Even from the protestors gathered, Nunn says the reaction he hears most is shock at the magnitude of lives lost.

“They didn’t know. Cause they keep saying, ‘say their names.” We can’t say all of their names or we’d be here ‘til tomorrow.”

This is the second time the exhibit has been the displayed. The first was on the steps of the State Capitol this summer.

“They didn’t do anything with Breonna,” explained Nunn. “I decided to put this up to demonstrate she wasn’t alone.”