Over the weekend, Beyonce shared an open letter on her website that she sent to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron demanding the officers involved in Breonna Taylor‘s shooting be criminally charged.
The 26-year-old Taylor was fatally shot in her home in March when Louisville Metro Police officers Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Brett Hankison, and Detective Myles Cosgrove forced entry with a battering ram into her home without first knocking or announcing that they were police officers.
In response to her death, the “Breonna’s Law” was passed in Louisville, with the federal legislation also banning no-knock warrants. However, the officers have still not been charged for Taylor’s death – which prompted Beyonce’s letter.
“While ‘Breonna’s Law’ passed in Louisville and the federal legislation has been introduced that will also ban no-knock warrants, these small steps in the right direction are painful reminders that there has still been no justice for Breonna Taylor or her family,” the singer wrote in her letter. “Three months have passed — and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers … and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired.”
Knowles-Carter continued: “Ms. Taylor’s family has not been able to take time to process and grieve. Instead, they have been working tirelessly to rally the support of friends, their communit, and the country to obtain justice for Breonna.”
She then urged for the Attorney General to bring criminal charges against the three officers involved in the Taylor incident; “commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct”; and “investigate the LMPD’s response to Breonna Taylor’s murder, as well as the pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens.”
She added: “Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy. With every death of a Black person at the hands of the police, there are two real tragedies: the death itself, and the inaction and delays that follow it. This is your chance to end that pattern. Take swift an decisive action in charging the officers. The next months cannot look like the last three.”
How you can help demand justice for Breonna HERE.
(via Hollywood Reporter; photo Avalon)