Police in texas fatally shot and killed an unarmed black man when he did not comply with their calls to surrender. The college football player, Christian Taylor, 19, was shot multiple times at a car dealership in Arlington by an officer in his final stages of training.
At approximately 1am on Friday, a security company monitoring the dealership called 911 to report Taylor. He allegedly plowed his SUV through the dealership showroom window. While in contact with 911, the security company monitored the cameras to report a potential burglary in process.
New footage of the incident has surfaced, showing the man wandering around the dealership lot. The edited video shows Taylor kicking the windshield of a car at the dealership. Moments later, the security footage shows officers approaching the lot.
When officers arrived, Taylor was inside the dealership building. From outside the glass, officers yell at him to get on the ground. Taylor attempted to flee by running but was stopped by a locked door. At this point, both officers, Brad Miller, a police trainee, and his training officer, a 19-year old vetern, entered the building to make the arrest.
The Chief of Police confirmed that a confrontation ensued, during which time Miller, the trainee, fired his weapon four times. The veteran officer used a Taser on Taylor.
Miller graduated from the police academy in March. Since the incident, he has not yet been interviewed, however he is on routine administration leave while the incident is investigated. He was approaching the end of his 16 week field training.
The victim’s father, Adrian Taylor, spoke with CNN affiliate KTVT. Taylor questioned the police authority, stating “what he’d done, ain’t no way right. . .but to shoot an unarmed man? You’re a police officer, you’re trained to take down men with your hands. You have your Tasers, you have your clubs, whatever there is. Unarmed, a 19-year-old — and you shoot to kill?”
Taylor said his son has “no real problems” and was often a good samiritan towards the homeless. He told a story of his son giving the shoes off his feet to a homeless man on the side of the road.
When asked what may have prompted his son to become involved in this altercation, Taylor said “you know, it could have been too much drinking, he could have been wrong place at the wrong time, he could have gotten something and he didn’t know what he was getting”.
The investigation into this tragedy continues. Arlington police have invited the FBI to contribute to the investigation.