In an open letter to the Kentucky Attorney General, the singer called for the indictment of the three officers responsible for Breonna Taylor’s death in March.
Beyoncé is mobilising for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old ambulance driver who was shot dead at her home by Louisville police officers on 13 March and whose fate, along with that of George Floyd, has become the emblem of the Black Lives Matter movement and the fight against police violence in the United States.
The singer sent a letter this weekend to the Kentucky Attorney General demanding justice and the indictment of the three police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.
“Three months have passed – and the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) has created more questions than answers. Their report indicates that Ms. Taylor suffered no injuries – yet we know that she was shot at least eight times. LMPD officers claim they announced their presence before entering her apartment – but her boyfriend who was with her and several of her neighbors say that’s not true.”
“Make a swift and decisive decision to charge the police.”
According to several US media outlets, the LMPD has used a “no strike” warrant, which allows police to enter an individual’s home without notifying him or her. Since the death of Breonna Taylor, the city of Louisville has decided to ban this type of warrant. Senator Rand Paul has also initiated action to ban them in the rest of the country.
“Three months have passed – and there have been no arrests, no police officers have been fired,” says Beyoncé. “The LMPD investigation came through your office, yet all the police officers involved in the shooting are still employed by the LMPD. Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly and officers Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison must be held accountable for their actions.”
The singer concludes by calling for the indictment of the three policemen: “Behind the death of each black person by the police, there are two tragedies: the death itself and the inaction that follows. Take your chance to put an end to this practice. Make a quick and decisive decision to charge the police. The next few months mustn’t be like the last three.”