There’s a Breonna Taylor documentary in the works at Hulu and FX…all while Taylor’s killers are still free.
The New York Times is creating a documentary about Breonna Taylor as part of a new television series entitled, The New York Times Presents.
The documentary will be part of a 10-episode series airing simultaneously on Hulu and FX. The series is monthly and it will air Fridays at 10 p.m. beginning July 10th. Taylor’s story will be one of the hour-long episodes.
Director Yoruba Richen and Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi will explore “Taylor’s life and investigate the circumstances of her death during her episode.
On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor died after being shot eight times by Louisville Metro Police officers — later identified as Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove– during a “botched raid.” Taylor, who was an EMT and aspiring nurse, was sleeping in her own home with boyfriend Kenneth Walker, when officers barged into Taylor’s apartment.
According to a lawsuit filed by her family, her killing was the result of a botched drug-warrant execution. No drugs were found; the warrant in question targeted another person, who lived miles away and had already been detained by the time police entered Taylor’s home. The officers also entered “without knocking and without announcing themselves as police officers.” LMPD insists they “knocked on the door several times and announced their presence as police who were there with a search warrant.” The lawsuit contends that multiple neighbors gave statements contradicting this claim.
According to his attorney, Walker fired a shot in self-defense and struck an officer in the leg. Walker is a licensed firearm carrier. In response, police opened fire, shooting more than 20 rounds into Taylor’s home, striking objects in the living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, bathroom, and both bedrooms. Taylor was shot at least eight times, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Walker was arrested and charged with assault and attempted murder on a police officer. Later in the month, he was released from jail on home incarceration, and on May 26, the charges against him were dismissed. The three officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative reassignment pending the outcome of an investigation in May.
The team from The Weekly, which this new series is replacing, including Red Arrow Studios’ Left/Right, is producing the new show as well. Ken Druckerman, Banks Tarver, Mary Robertson, Jason Stallman, Sam Dolnick and Stephanie Preiss are the executive producers of the series, holding the same titles as they did on The Weekly.