- Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black ER technician, was shot at least eight times by police in her own apartment on March 13, until she died on her hallway floor.
- Beyoncé wrote a letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, calling for justice for Taylor and her family.
- In the letter, Beyoncé urged Attorney General Cameron to bring criminal charges against the police officers who gunned down Taylor—Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison—as well as to investigate the "pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens."
Beyoncé has written to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to call for justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman who was gunned down by police in her Louisville apartment on March 13. She urged Attorney General Cameron to "demonstrate the value of a Black woman's life" by bringing criminal charges against the police officers who killed Taylor after breaking into her apartment—Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison—and asked that Cameron's office investigate the "pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens."
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"Three months have passed—and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers," Beyoncé wrote, citing the incident report released by the Louisville Metro Police Department last week that listed Taylor's injuries as "none."
"Three months have passed—and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired," she continued. "Three months have passed—and Breonna Taylor’s family still waits for justice."
"Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy," Beyoncé wrote. "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. Take swift and decisive action in charging the officers. The next months cannot look like the last three."
Read Beyoncé's full letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron below:
Dear Attorney General Cameron:
It has now been over three months since members of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) killed Breonna Taylor. Plainclothes officers with a “no-knock” warrant forced their way into her apartment, where she was asleep and unarmed. Moments later, the officers fired over twenty shots into Breonna Taylor’s home, striking her at least eight times. While “Breonna’s Law” passed in Louisville and federal legislation has been introduced that will also ban no-knock warrants, these small steps in the right direction are painful reminders that there has still been no justice for Breonna Taylor or her family.
Three months have passed—and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers. Their incident report states that Ms. Taylor suffered no injuries—yet we know she was shot at least eight times. The LMPD officers claim they announced themselves before forcing their way into Ms. Taylor’s apartment—but her boyfriend who was with her, as well as several neighbors, all say that this is untrue.
Three months have passed—and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired. The LMPD’s investigation was turned over to your office, and yet all of the officers involved in the shooting remain employed by the LMPD. Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison must be held accountable for their actions.
Three months have passed—and Breonna Taylor’s family still waits for justice. Ms. Taylor’s family has not been able to take time to process and grieve. Instead, they have been working tirelessly to rally the support of friends, their community, and the country to obtain justice for Breonna.
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. I urge you to use that power and:
1.Bring criminal charges against Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison.
2. Commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct.
3. 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.
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. Take swift and decisive action in charging the officers. The next months cannot look like the last three.
Black Lives Matter
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Emily Dixon is a British journalist who’s contributed to CNN, Teen Vogue, Time, Glamour, The Guardian, Wonderland, The Big Roundtable, Bust, and more, on everything from mental health to fashion to political activism to feminist zine collectives. She’s also a committed Beyoncé, Kacey Musgraves, and Tracee Ellis Ross fan, an enthusiastic but terrible ballet dancer, and a proud Geordie lass.
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