Last weekend, Christian Taylor’s name was etched up the Black Lives Matter wall when the 19-year-old Angelo State football player was shot and killed by a rookie police officer in Arlington, Texas on Friday. He was unarmed at the time and was said to have run his Jeep Cherokee in the showroom window a car dealership.
During a press conference on Saturday, August 8, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson offered up some clarity on what they allege happened.
Reports the New York Times:
Chief Johnson said the police were called to a Classic Buick GMC dealership in Arlington shortly after 1 a.m. Friday, where they found Mr. Taylor “roaming freely” inside the showroom. A Jeep had crashed through the front window.
The officers ordered Mr. Taylor to lie down, and when he fled instead, they chased him. He was found trying to get out of the building through a locked glass door. Chief Johnson said that the two officers struggled with Mr. Taylor and that Officer Miller fired four shots.
Mr. Taylor was struck multiple times, Chief Johnson said, and was declared dead on the scene. Investigators later determined that he had no weapon.
The training officer fired no shots. A Taser was also used against Mr. Taylor, but Chief Johnson said the department had not determined which officer used it or in what sequence the two weapons were used.
“If this was not justified or authorized under the law, there will be consequences,” Chief Johnson promised.
Seeing that there is no footage of the actual shooting, the FBI has been asked to assist in the investigation. Classic Buick GMC also a released a video of the moments leading up to Taylor’s death (featured on the next page).
Yet again, this is a prime example of Black Lives Matter instance, where a Class 1 or 2 misdemeanor results in a death sentence on sight. All reports indicate that both responding officers possessed tasers and one was even deployed at the scene.
Watch the most recent Christian Taylor video on the flip side.