Arlington police officer fired over shooting of unarmed Black man

Christian Taylor
Christian Taylor

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The police chief in the Dallas suburb of Arlington says an officer who’s been fired over the fatal shooting of an unarmed Texas college football player should not have approached the 19-year-old burglary suspect alone.

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson on Tuesday said he had fired officer Brad Miller over the shooting of Christian Taylor. Johnson says he’s troubled by some of the actions Miller took while responding to a reported burglary at a car dealership early Friday morning.

Johnson said Miller shot Taylor when Taylor began to advance toward the officer. But he said there was no physical contact between the officer and Taylor before Taylor was shot.

Johnson said it will be up to a grand jury to decide whether Miller should be charged criminally.

Taylor played football at Angelo State University in San Angelo. An officer shot him after police responded to a reported burglary at a car dealership. Security footage from the dealership lot shows Taylor breaking the windshield of a car on the lot before driving his own vehicle into a glass showroom.

Police have said that when officers arrived, Taylor was roaming inside the showroom. Police have said he refused to surrender and tried to run away.

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