Beyoncé has penned a public letter to Daniel Cameron, Attorney General of Kentucky, urging him to take action and bring justice to Breonna Taylor three months after her murder.
« Three months have passed — and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers, » she wrote Sunday (June 14). « 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. 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 community, and the country, » Beyoncé said.
Taylor was killed on March 13 when police officers used a battering ram and a « no-knock » warrant » to enter her apartment, where she was asleep and unarmed. They opened fire, striking Taylor at least eight times.
« 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, » Beyoncé wrote to Cameron.
She then outlined three critical actions to take: « Bring criminal charges against Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison. Commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct. Investigate the LMPD’s response to Breonna Taylor’s murder, as well the pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens. »
« Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy, » said Beyoncé. « 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. »
Beyoncé recently honored Taylor on June 5, which would have been her 27th birthday, by posting a link to a petition demanding justice.
Read her full letter to Daniel Cameron on her website.