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No Justice, No Peace

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In the current time of protesting against the killings of Black people like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor by the police, many celebrities have been using their influence to raise awareness and support for the Black Lives Matter cause.

One vocal advocate is mega-star Beyoncé, whose most recent move of advocacy was penning an open letter to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron over the lack of action against the police officers who killed the innocent and sleeping Taylor in her own home. The "Lemonade" singer begins:

"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. Moments later, the officers fired over twenty shots into Breonna Taylor’s home, striking her at least eight times."

'Breonna's Law'

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Beyoncé explained that while "Breonna's Law" had passed, banning no-knock warrants, actual progress in Taylor's case had halted.

"While ‘Breonna’s Law passed in Louisville and federal legislation has been introduced that will also ban no-knock warrants, these small steps in the right direction are painful reminders that there has still been no justice for Breonna Taylor or her family."

She continued, pointing out that the case has only become more muddled over the past three months, instead of bringing clarity to the wrongdoing.

"Three months have passed — and the LMPD’s investigations have created more questions than answers. Their incident report states that Ms. Taylor suffered no injuries —yet we know she was shot at least eight times. 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 that this is untrue."

Using Her Position For Change

Beyoncé in Ivy Park
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Beyoncé points out that all three officers involved were still employed by the LMPD and zero arrests had been made. She entreats Cameron, saying "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." She also lays out three specific ways that justice could be served for Taylor:

"Bring criminal charges against Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison.

Commit to transparence in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct.

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."

Being An Advocate

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Beyoncé ends her letter with a powerful closing message:

"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."

Beyoncé has never been one to shy away from politics, so it should be no surprise for her fans to see her speaking up now.

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