Beyoncé urges more action over Breonna Taylor's death in letter to Kentucky's Attorney General

By Zach Harper

Beyoncé has written a letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, calling for further action over the death of Breonna Taylor.

The superstar posted the letter on her website on June 14. In it, she calls for the three officers involved in the shooting to be charged, along with transparency in the investigation and prosecution of them. She also writes that there needs to be an investigation into the Louisville Metro Police Department's probe into Breonna's death.

"Three months have passed – and Breonna Taylor's family still waits for justice," she wrote. "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."

A protester holds a sign memorializing Breonna at a demonstration in New York City on June 5. Photo: © Steve Sanchez/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The 26-year-old EMT died in March when police entered her home on a "no knock" warrant. Breonna was not the subject of the search in question, and two people had been arrested in connection with it elsewhere. Breonna was killed when police opened fire after her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, a licenced gun owner, fired a firearm he kept in the home, thinking the two were experiencing a break-in.

Police have said they knocked and announced themselves before entering the apartment, but in her letter, Beyoncé writes witnesses say that wasn't the case.

Louisville has since passed a law banning no-knock warrants – dubbed "Breonna's Law" – and federal legislation has been introduced to ban them as well. The three officers have also been placed on administrative leave.

Beyoncé ended her letter by asking for "swift and decisive action in charging the officers" and wrote, "the next months cannot look like the last three."

This isn't the first time Beyoncé has been outspoken during the outcry over Breonna's death and that of George Floyd. In late May, she posted a video to her Instagram speaking out about George's death.

The mom of three also spoke about their deaths in a commencement address to the class of 2020 as part of YouTube's graduation speeches series, saying the entire "country [is] searching for answers."

"We have seen that our positive hearts, when put to collective action, could start the wills of change," she continued. "Real change has started with you, this new generation of high school and college graduates who we celebrate today."

In late May, Jay-Z, Beyoncé's husband, also called Minnesota Governor Tim Walz about George's death.

"It was so incredibly human," Walz said in a press conference about their phone conversation. "It wasn't Jay-Z, international celebrity. It was a dad – and quite honestly, a Black man with visceral pain that he knew."

Jay-Z also released a statement calling for Attorney General Keith Ellison to "prosecute all those responsible" in the death of George "to the fullest extent of the law."

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