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New Documentary Shines Light on the Life and Death of Breonna Taylor

By CHAR ADAMS

“Justice for Breonna Taylor” has become a rallying cry in the months after Louisville police officers shot and killed her in her home. Now, a new documentary aims to highlight the life and untimely death of the 26-year-old. 

The Killing of Breonna Taylor is set to air on FX at 10 p.m. on Friday followed by streaming on HULU. The documentary is part of a docuseries produced by The New York Times called “The Weekly..” Yoruba Richen, director of the documentary program at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, directed the project.

Richen tweeted that she’s “thrilled” to be part of such a project, telling the story of a woman whose death sparked weeks-long protests across the country. The documentary features interviews with Taylor’s friends and family, with her boyfriend even recalling her final words, “Turn off the TV.”

The documentary follows an investigative piece about Taylor’s death published by the Times. Police shot Taylor multiple times while she slept in her home while looking for her boyfriend as part of a drug raid, according to the Times. The officers claimed they announced themselves before barreling into the home and opening fire.

In the months since her death, Taylor’s family and supporters have demanded justice. One of the officers involved has been fire and leaders passed “Breonna’s Law,” a measure to ban the “no-knock” warrant that aided Taylor’s killing. 

However, concerned citizens say that’s not enough. With that, protests have continued for months to honor Taylor and other Black people shot and/or killed by police including George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Sean Reed.