Breonna Taylor’s Death Will Be Investigated in New Documentary

By N. Jamiyla Chisholm Jul 08, 2020

Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black EMT who was killed while she slept in her home on March 13 by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers will be the subject of a new documentary that will explore her life and examine the circumstances that resulted in her death, Variety reported July 7. 

The documentary will be part of a series of 10 episodes produced between FX Networks and the New York Times called “The New York Times Presents,” that will debut on FX and Hulu on July 10. Director Yoruba Richen (“The Green Book: Guide to Freedom”) and Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi will team up for the hour-long project. 

The duo will incorporate interviews with Taylor’s family and others to reconstruct how law enforcement executed a no-knock warrant at the wrong house, Reel Screen reported, while also letting off over 20 shots. Five of those bullets hit Taylor. On July 5, Taylor’s family filed a lawsuit against the officers.

“In the six minutes that elapsed from the time Breonna was shot, to the time she died, we have no evidence suggesting that any officer made entry in an attempt to check and assist her,” the family’s lawyer Sam Aguiar, told the Times. “She suffered."

As for the officers, Brett Hankison was fired on June 23 for displaying “extreme indifference to the value of human life,” the Louisville Metro Police Department chief wrote in a termination letter that was then shared on Twitter. The other officers who were on the scene have been on administrative reassignment, the Times reported. 

Kentucky’s attorney general Daniel Cameron and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are both investigating the case (the FBI confirmed this in a statement on May 21, CNN reported, and Cameron made the announcement on June 18).

To date, none of the officers have yet to face criminal charges.