Beyoncé Pays Tribute to Dallas Shooting Victims
The Texas native posted a black and white video of the state flag blowing in the wind late Friday night, with the names of the five police officers killed in the attack – Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and Lorne Ahrens.
The shooting, which took place at an otherwise peaceful Black Lives Matter protest, wounded seven others. It has been called the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since September 11, 2001
“Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas,” the 34-year-old singer captioned her post. “I am praying for a full recovery of the seven others injured. No violence will create peace.”
“Every human life is valuable,” she continued. “We must be the solution. Every human being has the right to gather in peaceful protest without suffering more unnecessary violence.”
Beyoncé ended her message with a call for love and peace.
“To effect change we must show love in the face of hate and peace in the face of violence,” she said.
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This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has addressed social change. On Thursday, the Grammy winner posted a powerful statement to her website demanding government action in the wake of the recent police shootings which lead to the deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling.
“Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win,” she wrote. “We all have the power to channel our anger and frustration into action. We must use our voices to contact the politicians and legislators in our districts and demand social and judicial changes.”
On Thursday, Beyoncé also held a moment of silence for the police shooting victims during her concert in Glasgow, Scotland.