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Beyoncé​​​​​​​ joins call for charges against officers in Breonna Taylor shooting

Beyoncé​​​​​​​ has joined the call for charges against officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman gunned down by officers who burst into her Kentucky home.
Beyoncé​​​​​​​ Knowles-Carter has joined the call for charges against officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, a black woman gunned down by officers who burst into her Kentucky home. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/The Associated Press)

Beyoncé has joined the call for charges against officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman gunned down by officers who burst into her Kentucky home.

The superstar said in a letter Sunday to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron that the three Louisville police officers "must be held accountable for their actions."

The officers — Jon Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove — have been placed on administrative reassignment while the shooting is investigated.

"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," said the letter released on the singer's website.

A demonstrator holds a sign with the image of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers, during a protest against the death George Floyd in Minneapolis, in Denver on June 3, 2020. (Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images)

Taylor, 26, who was studying to become a nurse, was shot eight times by officers conducting a narcotics investigation on March 13.

No drugs were found at her home.

In the letter addressed to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, shown in part here, Beyoncé urges action. 'Don't let this case fall into the pattern of no action after a terrible tragedy.' (Beyonce.com)

The city of Louisville last week banned the used of controversial "no-knock" warrants. 

Taylor's aunt, Bianca Austin, has said the family wants the officers fired and prosecuted.

Protests over several days in Louisville were fuelled by Taylor's shooting and the death of George Floyd, a Black man in police custody in Minneapolis.

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