Beyoncé Calls for Justice for Breonna Taylor in Letter to Kentucky’s Attorney General

By | June 15, 2020
  • Beyoncé is calling for justice for Breonna Taylor in an open letter to Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
  • Beyoncé urged Cameron to arrest the officers who murdered Breonna, and conduct an investigation into the Louisville Metro Police department’s handling of her case.

    Beyoncé has written an open letter to Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron, urging him to bring charges against the three Louisville Metro Police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor after forcibly entering her apartment when she was asleep and unarmed on March 13.

    In the letter, which was published to her website, Beyoncé asked for “swift and decisive action” against the officers, who have yet to be criminally charged.

    “Three months have passed—and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers,” Beyoncé wrote. “Their incident report states that Ms. Taylor suffered no injuries—yet we know she was shot at least eight times. The LMPD officers claim they announced themselves before forcing their way into Ms. Taylor’s apartment—but her boyfriend who was with her, as well as several neighbors, all say that this is untrue.”

    She continued, “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.”

    Beyoncé then urged Cameron to use the power and responsibility of his office 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,” she wrote. “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.”

    In addition to criminal charges being made against the officers, Beyoncé has asked for transparency in the investigation, and an investigation into the LMPD’s response to Breonna’s murder, as well as their own police practices.

    Read the letter in full here and head here to demand justice for Breonna right now.


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