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Beyoncé has paid tribute to the five police officers killed, and seven others injured, during a shooting in Dallas this week.
The pop singer posted an Instagram video featuring the names of the five slain officers. In the caption, she wrote, “Rest in peace to the officers whose lives were senselessly taken yesterday in Dallas. 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.”
Earlier this week, Beyoncé addressed the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police. “We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities,” she wrote in a message posted to her website. “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’ We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.”
Additionally, during a concert in Glasgow, Beyoncé performed an a capella version of “Freedom” as the names of victims of police brutality flashed on the screen.