FBI Won’t Probe TX Police Killing; Critic Decries Vandalism “Death Penalty”


The FBI has no plans to investigate the death of a 19-year-old fatally shot by police in the Dallas suburb of Arlington Tx., as dozens gathered at a vigil to remember him, the Dallas Morning News reports. The FBI has “full confidence in the ability of the Arlington Police Department and Tarrant County district attorney's office to conduct a thorough investigation of this matter,” said the FBI’s Allison Mahan. Christian Taylor was unarmed when Arlington police officer-in-training Brad Miller shot and killed him during a burglary call at a car dealership early Friday. Surveillance camera footage shows Taylor walking around the dealership parking lot and breaking into a Ford Mustang.

Taylor's cousin, 16-year-old Jaylon McCray, joined about 60 people with Dallas-based Mothers Against Police Brutality at Arlington police headquarters for Monday night's vigil, the first of several planned this week. The police “are supposed to protect us, but they are hurting us,” McCray said. Collette Flanagan, co-founder of the group, said that despite breaking into the car dealership, Taylor should not have been killed. “Nineteen-year-olds make mistakes, but they should be able to correct them,” she said. “He was a child. Vandalism is not a good thing, but it's not a death sentence.” Taylor, who attended Angelo State University, had one known criminal charge. Arlington police arrested him in September 2013 and charged him with possessing a small amount of hydrocodone. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor under a plea deal, and had the charge dismissed last month after completing probation. The Arlington Police Department said a YouTube video on the case “grossly misrepresents the facts and makes a false claim that Mr. Christian Taylor was shot by police in less than one second after officers made contact with him.”

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