What a tragedy. Angelo State University college football player Christian Taylor was shot and killed by a police officer in Arlington, Texas after the unarmed 19-year-old crashed a car through the front window of a car dealership on Aug. 7, police say. Christian was only 19 years old.
Absolutely heartbreaking. Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old college football player and sophomore at Angelo State University in Texas, was fatally shot by police officer Brad Miller, 49, after a struggle ensued when police responded to a burglary at a Classic Buick GMC car dealership on Aug. 7. Christian had crashed a car through the front window, according to police.
Police responded to the dealership’s burglary call at 1 a.m.on Aug. 7 in Arlington and discovered that someone had driven a car through the front window of the dealership, according to a statement from the Arlington Police Department, the Associated Press reports.
Surveillance video appears to show Christian crashing through the dealership’s metal gate, getting out of his SUV and damaging a vehicle in the parking lot, according to the Star-Telegram. He was later seen driving through the showroom glass. When police approached Christian, a scuffle began. “The officers went and confronted him,” Police Sgt. Paul Rodriguez told the AP. “There was an altercation. An officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect.” Christian was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:47 a.m.
Christian’s death comes amidst massive scrutiny across the country toward the police’s use of force. Both Michael Brown and Walter Scott’s deaths made headlines around the globe in the past year. Like Christian, both were unarmed when they were killed.
Brad had been working with the Arlington Police Department since Sept. 2014. He has been working under the supervision of a training officer since his graduation from the academy in March 2015. He is now on administrative leave.
Christian was a defensive back on the Angelo State football team. He was about to start his second season in the program. Christian was sentenced to six months probation in Dec. 2014 for possession of a controlled substance, the Star-Telegram reports. The charges were from a Sept. 2013 traffic stop where Taylor was found with 11 hydrocodone tablets that were not prescribed to him. The case was dismissed after Christian finished his probation.
Our thoughts go out to Christian’s family and friends during this time.
— Avery Thompson