Beyoncé Demands Justice For Breonna Taylor In Letter To Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron
Taylor was a 26 year–old black woman who was killed by officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department when they came into her home at 12:40 a.m. on March 13 during the execution of a no-knock warrant search for drugs.
Beyoncé demanded three things from Cameron. Her requests included that the officers involved in the killing be brought to criminal charges, that Cameron would remain transparent during both the investigation and prosecution of the officers and that he would investigate the LMPD’s response to “Breonna Taylor’s murder” and the “pervasive practices that result in repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens.”
In her letter, Beyoncé emphasized the issue that since Taylor’s death, “Three months have passed — and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers.”
Beyoncé also pointed out inconsistencies in the police report. “Their incident report states that Ms. Taylor suffered no injuries, yet we know she was shot at least eight times,” the singer wrote. “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 this is untrue.”
In a lawsuit, Taylor’s mother stated that no drugs were found in her daughter’s home and that the suspect police were in search for was already in custody.
Taylor’s death, along with the death of George Floyd, who died at the hands of police due to an officer kneeling on his neck, has spurred protests across the country and a call for both social and political change.
On June 11, “Breonna’s Law” was passed by the Louisville Metro Council. The law requires all officers to use body cameras and bans the use of no-knock warrants. The officers involved in Taylor’s death still hold their jobs with the LMPD.