Miller, 49, joined Arlington’s police department in September.
Miller, who graduated from the police academy in March, is on routine administrative leave as authorities investigate the shooting.
The brother of a Texas college football player fatally shot by a police officer says he’s not angry at police but does think they could have handled the confrontation differently.
Cook also said that they are in contact with the family of the Angelo State sophomore football player, who was killed early Friday by officers answering a burglary call.
Taylor’s father, Adrian Taylor, told CBS Dallas he didn’t know why Christian would have been at the auto dealership at that time of night. Paul Rodriguez, an Arlington police spokesman, told The Associated Press that police were advised that someone had driven a auto onto the lot, started to damage another auto, then drove his own vehicle into the glass front of the showroom.
In the video below, courtesy of the Associated Press(which has been edited), shows Taylor driving his SUV into a auto dealership and behaving erratically by jumping on the hood of cars and wandering around the lot.
A newly released recording of radio traffic shows more than two minutes elapsed between the time police officers spotted an unarmed suspected burglar at an Arlington vehicle dealership and the moment a police officer fatally shot him.
WJLA reports, “The death of 19-year-old Christian Taylor has raised some of the same questions as other recent police shootings involving unarmed suspects”. “Mr. Taylor was not compliant and he fled to the southwest portion of the building, where officers observed him trying to force his way through a locked glass door”.
About 35 demonstrators gathered outside Arlington police headquarters Monday evening to protest the shooting.
Taylor’s death coincides with the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teen who was shot dead by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The group expressed anger as they chanted the names of unarmed black men who have been shot by police. “I’m having to find out about how [my son] CJ died on social media”. Local police responded to a security alert and claim they told Taylor to surrender.
Police were contacted by a company that manages security cameras at Classic Buick GMC in Arlington at about 1 a.m. Friday. Sgt.
Regardless of his son’s behavior, Adrian Taylor said Miller should not have shot him. Christian Taylor hadn’t indicated that he planned to go out later. He said he doesn’t want that to happen in the Dallas suburb.
“He was a very outspoken person, very smart, he effortlessly made straight A’s”, said Jordan Smith, 19, who lives across the street from Taylor’s family home. Smith said Taylor was “charismatic”, “even-headed” and had been passionately recruiting his friends to attend church.
“What he was doing ain’t no way right”, he said.
Previously during a news conference Saturday night, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson had said a special FBI agent in charge of the Dallas field office would take part in the probe. Richard said the police department would still be conducting the investigation as it would have. Mr. Taylor added that he and his family learned about Christian’s death through surveillance footage and leaked audio by hackers.