“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,” the superstar wrote in a letter addressed to attorney general Daniel Cameron, posted on her official website yesterday (June 14).
“Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy. 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.”
Breonna Taylor was a healthcare worker who was shot and killed by police in her own apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13. Officers had used a ‘no-knock’ warrant, which allowed them to enter her apartment without announcing themselves.
The officers were investigating two people suspected of selling drugs – neither of whom was Taylor. She was shot eight times and died at the scene. According to a lawsuit filed by her family, no drugs were found. She was just 26.
Louisville Metro Council has since voted unanimously to ban no-knock warrants, yet Taylor’s killers have not been charged. “Three months have passed – and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired,” Beyoncé’s letter says.
Beyoncé’s letter urges Cameron to use his power to bring criminal charges against the officers, to “commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct”, and to investigate the police department’s response to Taylor’s murder.
The final line of Beyoncé’s letter concludes: “The next months cannot look like the last three.”