Beyoncé demands justice for Breonna Taylor

Ajay Junaid
June 16, 2020
3 minutes

Beyoncé has written an open letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, an ER technician who was shot and killed by police officers on March 13.

Taylor was shot eight times by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers on March 13. The officers were conducting a narcotics investigation but no drugs were found at her home. 

They were carrying out a “no-knock” warrant, which allowed the police to enter without warning or identifying themselves as law enforcement. Ms Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said he believed the officers were intruders. 

Gunfire was exchanged between Mr Walker and the LMPD, and officers fired 20 shots into the flat - eight of which hit Ms Taylor. Last week, the Louisville city council voted to ban “no-knock” warrants in a piece of legislation called Breonna’s Law, but the officers responsible for her death have not been charged.

Beyoncé wrote the following in a letter published on her website, “These small steps in the right direction are painful reminders that there has still been no justice for Breonna Taylore or her family”

“Three months have passed and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers [...] Three months have passed - and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired. [...] Three months have passed - and Breonna Taylor’s family still waits for justice.

She continued, “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 the delays that follow it.”

Ending with: “This is your chance to end that pattern. Take swift and decisive action in charging the officer. The next months cannot look like the last three.”

The singer also pointed to apparent discrepancies in the incident report and claims by the officers.

At the bottom of the letter, she linked to two petitions demanding the officers be fired.




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