Beyonce Pays Tribute to Slain Dallas Police Officers on Instagram
Just days after speaking out on the senseless killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Beyonce is using her celebrity platform to address violence in the United States once again.
Late Friday (July 8), Beyonce paid tribute to the officers slain during this week's Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas with a touching Instagram video featuring their individual names. In addition to the clip, the Lemonade performer also wrote a moving statement to the caption the visual, emphasizing that while police brutality against the black community (or anyone, for that matter) is not acceptable, neither is retaliatory violence against innocent officers.
"Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas," she wrote. "I am praying for a full recovery of the seven others injured. No violence will create peace. Every human life is valuable. We must be the solution. Every human being has the right to gather in peaceful protest without suffering more unnecessary violence."
Beyonce added, "To effect change we must show love in the face of hate and peace in the face of violence."
On July 7, five police officers (Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa) were shot to death by a sniper during an otherwise peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas, mere days after the shootings of Sterling and Castile which were, coincidentally, the very reason for the event.
See Beyonce's poignant message below:
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