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Beyoncé writes Kentucky Attorney General demanding justice for Breonna Taylor

Beyoncé writes letter to attorney general, demands justice for Breonna Taylor
Posted at 7:04 PM, Jun 14, 2020

Global pop star Beyoncé Knowles wrote Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron Sunday demanding justice for the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville three months ago.

In the open letter, which was posted on her website June 14, the singer points out that while Louisville has passed "Breonna's Law" banning no-knock warrants, which police used when they burst into her home just before 1 a.m. on March 13 in a botched narcotics investigation. The officers shot the ER technician at least eight times before she collapsed and died in her hallway.

"Three months have passed, yet LMPD's investigations have created more questions than answers." Taylor's family is still waiting for justice and have "not been able to take time to process and grieve," she told the attorney general, because all the officers involved in her killing still have their jobs.

While there have been "small steps in the right direction," it is not enough, Beyoncé stated. "Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison must be held accountable for their actions.

Your office has both the power and the responsibility to bring justice for Breonna Taylor, and demonstrate the value of a Black woman's life," she wrote.

She urged Cameron to bring charges against the officers involved, conduct a transparent investigation into the officers' conduct and the department's response to Taylor's death, "as well as the pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens."