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Beyoncé writes letter to attorney general, demands justice for Breonna Taylor

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Posted at 2:44 PM, Jun 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 21:41:33-04

KENTUCKY — Beyoncé sent a letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Sunday demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.

Taylor was shot and killed in her home on March 13 after police executed a no-knock warrant. According to NBC, Taylor's family said her death was a part of a botched raid.

Since her death, Louisville and the federal government have introduced legislation that bans no-knock warrants.

However, for Beyoncé, that's not enough. In her letter, she asked that the officers involved be held accountable for their actions. She mentioned that no arrests have been made, and the officers are still employed by the department.

After explaining the situation, Beyoncé asked for three things in her letter. Those are:

  • 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 as the pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens

Beyoncé finished the letter with this, "With every death of a Black person at the hands of 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."

The full letter can also be found on Beyoncé's website here.

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