Beyoncé Knowles-Carter has joined millions of voices to ask Kentucky law enforcement to arrest and charge the police officers that killed Breonna Taylor. She wrote a letter to the Kentucky Attorney General asking for justice in the wake of the murder and to “demonstrate the value of a Black woman’s life.”
The singer asked the Attorney General to bring criminal charges, create a transparent investigation and prosecution, and investigate the police department’s response to the murder. She also asked for the investigation into “pervasive practices that result in the repeated deaths of unarmed Black citizens.”
Beyonce notes its been 3 months since Taylor’s death and that investigations have “created more questions than answers.” All officers involved in Taylor’s death remain employed and the released incident report has discrepancies. “Don’t let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy,” she asked.
Her full letter is here. Taylor’s family released a statement on the letter through attorney Lonita Baker, “We are extremely grateful that so many icons have used their voice to demand justice for Breonna Taylor. As Beyoncé and others have said, it has been 3 months since Breonna was murdered and her killers have yet to be fired or criminally charged. It is time that our elected leaders, including Mayor Fischer and AG Cameron, stop hiding behind the guise of what we know has been a botched investigation and do the right thing by firing and charging John Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, Brett Hankison, Joshua Jaynes for their roles in the murder of Breonna Taylor.”
Read all our coverage on the protests against racism in One Green Planet:
- #BlackLivesMatter: 10 Inspiring Black Voices Diversifying the Environmental Movement
- #BlackLivesMatter: Victory! NY Repeals 50-A Requiring Full Disclosure of Police Misconduct
- #BlackLivesMatter: Louisville Bans “No-Knock” Raids After Breonna Taylor Was Killed
- #BlackLivesMatter: Killing Black Americans is a Public Health and Human Rights Crisis
- Petition: Justice for Breonna Taylor, Black Woman Killed by Police in her Own Home
Here’s what you can do:
Also, remember to register to vote if you haven’t already. This is one of the simplest ways to make your voice heard as a citizen.Here are some resources for you:
Places to donate:
- Donate to Black Lives Matter here.
- Get involved with your local BLM chapter: The full list is here or start your own.
- Many protestors are getting arrested and being held. Donate to bail funds in your city, here or here.
- HBCUBuzz has a listing of lawyers and legal resources for protestors, organized by state.
- Resources and donations by the National Police Accountability Project.
- Learn about Campaign Zero, which works to end police violence in America.
- The New York Times has put together an anti-racist reading list.
- National Black Bailout Fund, which works towards ending systems of mass incarceration and freeing imprisoned black mothers.
- Visit Louisville Community Bail Fund to contribute towards bail for protesters in Louisville.
Petitions to Sign:
- Justice for George Floyd
- Petition to end medical racism
- Justice for Breonna Taylor
- Justice for Ahmaud Arbery
- Justice for Tony McDade, Black trans man killed by police
- Sign the “Justice for George Floyd” petition on Change.org
- Color of Change launched a petition asking that all the officers involved in Floyd’s death are brought to justice.
For a more extensive resource list, please see the collection put together by Black Lives Matter.
Through this grief and anger, we must unite and work together to create the change we want to see. Let’s make sure no black child has to ever say these heartbreaking words ever again.
If you’re attending a protest, please be safe and careful and maintain social distancing, if possible.