Beyoncé Pays Tribute To Officers Killed In Dallas

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Beyoncé speaks out once again. Today (July 9), she pays tribute to the five police officers killed in Dallas on July 7. In an Instagram video, their names (Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa) flash on the screen, one by one. Lady Lemonade makes it a point, however, to emphasize that, while protesting against nationwide police brutality, enacting violence against officers isn’t the answer.

Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas,” she says. “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. To effect change we must show love in the face of hate and peace in the face of violence.”

The gunman, Micah Xavier Johnson, told police negotiators that he wanted to kill white officers specifically, because he was “upset over Black Lives Matter” and recent shootings by officers. Meanwhile, those officers were accompanying marchers who were protesting the police shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. That night was a peaceful demonstration, up until shots rang out.

See Beyoncé’s tribute to the Dallas police officers below.

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