Beyonce has written a letter speaking out against police brutality. The singer has called on her fans to ‘stand up as a community’ in the wake of the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were both killed by police.

In a powerful letter posted to her official website she says that ‘the war on people of colour and all minorities needs to be over’.

The letter reads: ‘These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good.’

The letter goes on: ‘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. ‘While we pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, we will also pray for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities.’

Beyonce’s letter in full:
We are sick and tired of the killings of young men and women in our communities. 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. We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to protect us should consistently go unpunished. These robberies of lives make us feel helpless and hopeless but we have to believe that we are fighting for the rights of the next generation, for the next young men and women who believe in good. This is a human right. No matter your race, gender or sexual orientation. This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized, who is struggling for freedom and human rights. This is not a plea tall police officers but toward any human being who fails to value life. The war on people of color and all minorities needs to be over. Fear is not an excuse. Hate will not win. 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.

While we pray for the families of Alton Sterling and Philander Castile, we will also pray for an end to this plague of injustice in our communities.

Beyonce has spoken out against police shootings in the past. The video for her single Formation featured the words ‘Stop shooting us’ written in spray paint on a wall.

It also showed a little boy in a hoodie dancing in front of a line of police, who respond by putting their hands up.

She also apparently stopped her show in Glasgow to display names of people who have been killed by police.