Beyoncé honors Breonna Taylor — a 26-year-old black woman who was killed in March after police entered her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment on a narcotics raid and shot her eight times.
On Sunday, the “Halo” singer shared an open letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron demanding that charges be brought against Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly, Detective Brett Hankison, and Detective Myles Cosgrove for their involvement in Taylor’s death.
“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,” the 38-year-old wrote.
Though she acknowledges that the Louisville, Kentucky, metro council passed “Breonna’s Law” — banning no-knock search warrants — the songstress exclaims “there has still been no justice for Breonna Taylor or her family.”
“Three months have passed — and zero arrests have been made, and no officers have been fired,” she continued.
Beyoncé not only wants criminal charges against the officers, she wants Cameron to “commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct” and to “investigate the LMPD’s response to Breonna Taylor’s murder” in addition to other practices that have resulted “in the repeated deaths of unarmed black citizens.”
She concludes, “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.”
Though Taylor passed away in March, her case did not receive widespread media attention until activist Shaun King wrote a social media post about it in May.
In April, Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death suit, claiming that police entered the residence unannounced and were actually looking for a man who lived in Breonna’s building but not her apartment.
The next month, the FBI’s Louisville office officially launched an investigation into the matter.
According to the Louisville Courier Journal, the three police officers involved have been placed on administrative leave.