Arlington Police Officer In Training Shoots And Kills Unarmed Black Teenager
Yesterday (Aug. 7), a police officer in training fatally shot and killed 19-year-old Angelo State University football player Christian Taylor.
The police were responding to a burglary call around 1 a.m. CT in Arlington, Texas, where someone had driven an SUV through a showroom window of Classic Buick GMC, according to a statement released by the Arlington Police Department. The statement also explains that as police approached the suspect, an altercation occurred and led to the officer shooting an unarmed Taylor. He died at the scene.
The officer who shot and killed Taylor has been identited as 49-year-old White male, Brad Miller. Miller had no prior police experience, graduating from the academy in March and working under the supervision of a training officer. He has been placed on a routine administrative leave during the criminal and administrative investigations that will be launched in the coming weeks.
The incident has no further evidence as of yet, including video because the department has yet to put in place a pilot program where officers will have to wear body cameras, explained police spokesman, Sgt. Paul Rodriguez. However, officials are looking into reviewing the dealership’s security cameras to understand what took place last night and led to the death of Taylor.
Taylor’s great Uncle, Clyde Fuller, told Post Worth Star-Telegram that his nephew was a “good kid” and didn’t believe that he would try to commit a crime. “They say he’s burglarizing the place by running up in there? Nuh-uh. Something doesn’t sound right,” Fuller said.
Taylor had no prior convictions on his record, but he was sentenced to six months of probation in December due to a charge of possession of a controlled substance–11 hydrocodone tablets that were not prescribed to him–according to the Star-Telegram. He completed probation in June and his case was dismissed July 14.
Christian Taylor would have been starting his sophomore year at Angelo State University.