Friday, January 28, 2022

Outrage Over New York Times’ Breonna Taylor Doc as Part of New Series

Breonna Taylor
PHOTO: VIA @QUEENNBREONNA.

*Director Yoruba Richen has been tapped to helm an installment of “The New York Times Presents,” about the police killing of Breonna Taylor

The 10-episode series, which is replacing ‘The Weekly’ on FX and Hulu, is set to premiere July 10. The show will air monthly and premiere simultaneously on FX and Hulu on Friday nights, per THR.  

Each hour-long episode of “The New York Times Presents” will cover a single subject. For Taylor, Richen will explore the circumstances surrounding her death.

The announcement follows the Wednesday night premiere of a TV special titled #SayHerName: Breonna Taylor’ that was produced by Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving

Taylor, 26, was shot and killed in her home by Louisville, KY police during a botched drug raid in the early hours of March 13.

OTHER NEWS YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSSED: Breonna Taylor Was Alive for ‘Six Minutes’ After Shooting, Family Says

According to the New York Times, she was alive for six minutes after being shot multiple times and she was not offered any medical attention.

“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.”

A 31-page complaint filed against the police department by Taylor’s family asserts that the raid was linked to plans to gentrify Taylor’s neighborhood. 

Lawyers say police would “target” homes on Elliott Ave, where her ex lived, to make way for a real estate project. A warrant was issued for her home to implicate him.

“The reality was that the occupants were not anywhere close to Louisville’s versions of Pablo Escobar or Scarface,” the suit says. “And they were not violent criminals. They were simply a setback to a large real estate development deal and thus the issue needed to be cleaned up.” 

“Breonna’s home should never have had police there in the first place,” the filing reads, according to the Courier-Journal.

“When the layers are peeled back, the origin of Breonna’s home being raided by police starts with a political need to clear out a street for a large real estate development project and finishes with a newly formed, rogue police unit violating all levels of policy, protocol and policing standards,” the suit continues. “Breonna’s death was the culmination of radical political and police conduct.”

“People needed to be removed and homes needed to be vacated so that a high-dollar, legacy-creating real estate development could move forward,” the court filing said.

Meanwhile, a petition has been launched calling for FX/The New York Times to donate any/all proceeds to the family to support their legal case and fight to bring justice for Breonna Taylor.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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