UPDATE: Local police in Arlington, Texas have invited the FBI to assist in the investigation into the death of Christian Taylor, an unarmed teen killed by an officer during a burglary call to a car dealership. According to the latest reports, Taylor resisted arrest when he was cornered by police at the dealership, running to another part of the building.
That's when officer-in-training Brad Miller fired a deadly shot. Another officer deployed a taser, but it's not clear if that happened before, after or during the shooting. Arlington police are actively seeking answers into the sequence of events and whether or not Miller stayed within the scope of the law when he fired on Taylor.
Sergeant Paul Rodriguez of the Arlington PD did make it clear, however, that Taylor deliberately crashed into the dealership and it was not an accident, as some suggested.
Another day, another hashtag to acknowledge the tragic death of an unarmed Black teen at the hands of a police officer.
Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old college football player from Texas, was killed by an officer-in-training during a burglary call to a car dealership in Arlington, local police have confirmed.
According to reports, Taylor had crashed his car into the front of a Buick dealership at 1 a.m. on Friday (August 7). Cops initially called him a burglary suspect, though no evidence has been released to corroborate the claim.
"Officers established a perimeter and approached the suspect inside," the report said. "As officers confronted the suspect, there was an altercation during which at least one officer discharged his weapon." The shot was fired by Officer Brad Miller, 49, who joined the force in September and graduated the police academy just this past March. He had no prior experience in law enforcement.
The Arlington Police Department has no video of the incident because officers there don't yet wear body cameras, said police spokesman Sgt. Paul Rodriguez. It's unclear whether the dealership's security cameras captured what happened.
Taylor, an Arlington native, died at the scene. It was not immediately known whether he was intoxicated, and his great uncle Clyde Fuller doesn't believe his nephew had plans to commit a crime. "They say he's burglarizing the place by running up in there? Nuh-uh. Something doesn't sound right," Fuller told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
His nephew, who has no prior convictions but was placed on probation in December for carrying less than a dozen hydrocodone tablets without a prescription, was planning to return to school Sunday to continue football practice.
Late last month, about two weeks after he had successfully completed his probation and his record was cleared of the drug charges, Taylor tweeted: "I don't wanna die too younggggg."
His death comes just shy of the one year anniversary of Michael Brown's killing in Ferguson, Missouri.
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