Beyoncé writes open letter calling for charges in Breonna Taylor case

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has written an open letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) calling for justice for Breonna Taylor, an unarmed black woman who was fatally shot by police in her own home in Louisville earlier this year, noting the lack of arrests made in the case.

“Three months have passed – and zero arrest have been made and no officers have been fired. The [Louisville Metro Police Department’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,” the Grammy award-winning singer wrote in the letter.


“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,” she continued.

Taylor died at the age of 26 in early March after local police officers in plainclothes with a no-knock warrant entered her Louisville home. Taylor and her boyfriend were asleep but woke up shortly after, suspecting their home had been broken into. Taylor's boyfriend fired at one of the officers, and the officers opened fire in the home, shooting Taylor eight times.

The cops had been executing the warrant as part of a drug case, though no drugs were uncovered at the residence.

In her letter on Sunday, Knowles-Carter told Cameron, “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: Bring charges against Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison. Commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct. Investigate the LMPD’s response to Breonna Taylor’s murder, as well the pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens,” she continued.

“Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy,” she 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,” she added.