Beyoncé Demands Justice For Breonna Taylor In Open Letter To Kentucky Attorney General

Beyoncé has published an open letter on her website addressed to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. In it, she calls for swift justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old woman who was murdered by Louisville police officers executing a no-knock search warrant at her apartment in March. Last week, the Louisville city council voted to ban no-knock warrants in a piece of legislation called Breonna’s Law, but the officers responsible for her killing have not been charged.

“These small steps in the right direction are painful reminds that there has still been no justice for Breonna Taylor or her family,” Beyoncé’s letter reads. “Three months have passed and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers. […] Three months have passed — and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired. […] Three months have passed — and Breonna Taylor’s family still waits for justice.”

Beyoncé’s letter calls on the Attorney General to bring criminal charges against Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, the three officers who executed the warrant; “commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct”; and “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 also spoke out in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Last week, she gave a moving speech as part of the Obamas’ virtual graduation event.

Read her full open letter below.