Oprah Gives Up 1st 'O' Magazine Cover to Breonna Taylor After 20 Years

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For the first time in 20 years, Oprah Winfrey has decided to hand off the usual "O" magazine cover photo of herself with Breonna Taylor, the young woman who was fatally shot by police who stormed into her apartment on March 13. 

The issue will be available on newsstands on Aug. 11. 

According to USA Today, editor-in-chief, Lucy Kaylin, Winfrey, and the O magazine team decided that it was important for the brand to raise awareness about police brutality against Black Americans. 

On June 13, Mayor Greg Fischer announced that Louisville Metro Police terminated Officer Brett Hankison, one of three LMPD officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor on March 13. 

Officer Hankison is accused of "blindly" firing 10 rounds into Taylor's apartment. 

LMPD's interim police chief, Robert Schroeder, wrote a letter to Hankison laying out the charges. "I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Schroeder wrote, adding, "I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion.

"The result of your action seriously impedes the Department's goal of providing the citizens of our city with the most professional law enforcement agency possible. I cannot tolerate this type of conduct by any member of the Louisville Metro Police Department," he said. "Your conduct demands your termination."