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Beyoncé calls for peace after Dallas shootings

‘To effect change we must show love in the face of hate’

Having previously spoken out following the shootings of two black men by police in America, Beyoncé has shared a tribute to the five officers killed in Dallas at a Black Lives Matter protest, as well as a call for peace.

The Lemonade singer shared the video on Instagram, which featured the names of the five known police officers killed by a sniper in the Texas city – Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa. The names roll on a loop of the American flag.

Seven other police officers and two civilians were injured in the incident. The shooter was not affiliated with the protest movement. 

In an additional note under the video, Beyoncé asked people to remain peaceful and united despite America’s dark times, alongside the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling at the hands of police.

“Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas. I am praying for a full recovery of the seven others injured. No violence will create peace. Every human life is valuable. We must be the solution. Every human being has the right to gather in peaceful protest without suffering more unnecessary violence. To effect change we must show love in the face of hate and peace in the face of violence.”

At some of her recent concerts in the UK as part of her Formation tour, the musician has paid tribute to those killed by police with a huge visual of the deceased names, as well as a dedicated performance of her track “Freedom”.