*When news came out that 19-year-old unarmed college student Christian Taylor had been fatally wounded by a cop that was still in training after he allegedly drove his car through the window of a GMC Classic Buick dealership, family members said something didn’t add up.
According to the police version of the story, a security company dialed in for emergency help after they witnessed Taylor using his car to crash through the dealership’s showroom window.
“The officers went and confronted him. There was an altercation. An officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect,” Sgt. Paul Rodriguez, a police spokesman, told the Star-Telegram.
Taylor, a sophomore at Angelo State University and member of the football team, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Brad Miller, a 49-year-old recent graduate of the police academy, has been identified as the shooter. He was still working under the supervision of a training officer when he delivered four shots that proved fatal into Taylor. Heis now on administrative leave.
No word on whether or not he is receiving pay.
Taylor’s great uncle, Clyde Fuller, told the Star-Telegram that he isn’t buying the story as it doesn’t add up. He said his great nephew was about to return to college and that he excelled at football.
“He was a good kid. I don’t see him stealing no car or nothing like that,” Fuller said.
“I think something is going on that somebody is lying about,” he continued. “…They say he’s burglarizing the place by running up in there? Nuh-uh. Something doesn’t sound right.”
Now an Arlington police officer has released surveillance video on the shooting to the public.
According to Gawker, footage was released by the dealership and shows Taylor wandering aimlessly around the lot before jumping on top of a Mustang; where he appears to be pulling something from the windshield. The teen is also seen staring at his hands several times before he grabs something from the front of the window. He then goes back to his SUV and drives it into the dealership. We eventually see police arrive, and soon after, an ambulance.
It’s straight up weird and you do have to question why this teen was there in the first place.
Since the dealership has no cameras on the inside, Arlington Police told reporters Taylor’s alleged struggle with the two officers is a case the investigators will have to look into.
According to Police Chief Will Johnson, the rookie cop and the training officer ordered Taylor to lie down, but claim a struggled ensued when the teen tried to walk towards a locked glass door.
Miller is said to have fired four shots after the struggle and Taylor was pronounced dead on the scene.
Johnson hopes the FBI will help investigate the case, and says, “Our pledge is to provide answers in the most thorough and expeditious manner possible.” He adds, “This instance has not occurred in isolation, but rather has occurred as our nation is grappling with the problems of social injustice, inequities, racism and police misconduct.”
Here’s the video:
Source: Gawker | Video Credit: YouTube