Star calls for justice in Black Lives Matter movement
Music superstar Beyonce Knowles Carter has demanded the police officers who fatally shot a black woman in her home while sleeping earlier this year be criminally prosecuted.
In a letter to Kentucky’s Attorney-General Daniel Cameron, the pop superstar demanded the three officers allegedly responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor, 26, be arrested.
Three months ago, it’s believed the officers arrived at the woman’s home in the US city Louisville with an infamous “no-knock” warrant, where the nursing student was asleep and unarmed.
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It’s alleged the three men shot 20 bullets into the home, fatally striking Ms Taylor at least eight times during a narcotics investigation though no drugs were found on the premises.
The officers, Jon Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, have been placed on administrative reassignment while the shooting is investigated but Beyonce says this has “created more questions than answers”.
“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 wrote in the letter.
“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.
“This is your chance to end that pattern. Take swift and decisive action in charging the officers.”
The city of Louisville last week banned the use of the controversial “no-knock” warrants and Ms Taylor’s aunt, Bianca Austin, has said the family wants the officers fired and prosecuted.
Black Lives Matter protests have sprung up in cities across the US and major cities around the world in the last few weeks fuelled by the death of George Floyd, who was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis.
This week, the Atlanta cops involved in the deadly police shooting of black man Rayshard Brooks — that has sparked a fresh wave of anger in the US — collected their shell casings rather than giving first aid.
It is claimed they waited more than two minutes before checking his pulse, a lawyer for Mr Brooks’ family claims.
Witnesses said that “the officers went and put on plastic gloves and picked up their shell casings after they killed him — before rendering aid,” lawyer L. Chris Stewart said at a press conference Saturday, a day after Brooks was shot dead trying to avoid a drunk-driving arrest.
“They appear to be caring more about covering their tracks than providing aid,” he said of the officers, Garrett Rolfe and Devin Brosnan.
“Aid that could have saved his life if allegedly he was taken to the hospital and died in surgery. But they didn’t give that to him.”
“One kicks him and flips him over,” Mr Stewart claimed of the officers.
Mr Brooks’ death has sparked a new wave of anti-racism protests in America.
Early Sunday, Atlanta police announced that an officer, Garrett Rolfe, had been fired following the fatal shooting of Mr Brooks, 27, on Friday night.
The 27-year-old man was sleeping in his car and reportedly blocking a Wendy’s drive through when police interviewed him and made him do a sobriety test.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said that Mr Brooks, who failed the sobriety test, had grabbed a Taser from one officer and appeared to point it at the officer as he fled. The officer fired an estimated three shots.
The Wendy’s was set aflame at one point on Saturday night, although the fire was out before midnight.