15 June 2020

Beyonce demands justice for Breonna Taylor in letter penned to Kentucky Attorney General

Beyonce has written an open letter to Kentucky’s Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.

Taylor, 26, was shot dead in her home in March after police entered her property through a no-knock warrant. Louisville police say they were carrying out a drugs search warrant, however, no drugs were found at the property.

Breonna Taylor was shot dead in March (Facebook)

The R&B icon posted the letter to her website: “Three months have passed, and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired.

“The LMPD’s investigation was turned over to your office, and yet all of the officers involved in the shooting remain employed by the LMPD.

“Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison must be held accountable for their actions.”

She also called for charges to be brought against the officers in question and to ’commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct’. 

She also wants an investigation into Louisville’s Police Department for their response to Taylor’s death.

She added: "Your office has both the power and the responsibility to bring justice to Breonna Taylor, and demonstrate the value of a Black woman’s life.

“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 and decisive action in charging the officers. The next months cannot look like the last three.”

No arrests have been made in Taylor’s case, however the justice department has introduced ’Breonna’s law’ which bans the use of no-knock warrants in Louisville.

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