Rookie TX Officer Fired Four Shots To Kill Unarmed Black Teen


Rookie police officer Brad Miller fired four shots during his deadly altercation with Christian Taylor, said Arlington, Tx., Police Chief Will Johnson, reports the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Taylor, the unarmed black teen shot to death during a burglary call Friday, died of gunshot wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen. Johnson he has asked the FBI to assist in the investigation and that “our pledge is to provide answers in the most thorough … manner possible…My goal is to keep the public informed.” Taylor, 19, was scheduled to start football practice this week at Angelo State University. He is accused of vandalizing a vehicle and crashing through the glass in the front of an auto showroom.

In a security video, Taylor stands on top of a car and stomps his feet on the windshield before taking it out and entering the car. He then gets into his SUV, which he drives through the gate and the showroom's plate-glass window. Police said Taylor refused to comply with their orders to lie down. Miller and his training officer entered the showroom and tried to arrest Taylor, Johnson said. An altercation ensued that led Miller to fire his weapon. Taylor's death has raised some of the same questions as other recent police shootings involving unarmed suspects, and it coincides with the anniversary of the slaying of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Johnson acknowledged that “this incident has not occurred in isolation. But rather it has occurred while our nation has been wrestling with the topics of social injustice, inequities, racism and police misconduct.”

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