White cop shoots and kills yet another unarmed black kid

And the beat goes on, and on, and on   .   .   .

Brad Miller, a 49-year-old white police officer who had recently graduated from the police academy and was working under the supervision of a training officer, shot and killed Christian Taylor, an unarmed 19-year-old black college student at a GMC Classic Buick dealership in Arlington, Texas. The Star-Telegram reports,

Officers were dispatched to a call about a burglary in progress about 1 a.m. at the Classic Buick GMC dealership on the Interstate 20 service road east of Collins Street, said Sgt. Paul Rodriguez, a police spokesman.

A security company had called 911 after observing the suspect on a security camera outside the business.

Rodriguez said police arrived to find that Taylor had used a vehicle to crash through glass in the front of the showroom.

“The officers went and confronted him. There was an altercation. An officer discharged his weapon and struck the suspect,” Rodriguez said.

Police will only say that the officer trainee has been placed on administrative leave and the shooting is under investigation. That’s all we know.

5 Responses to White cop shoots and kills yet another unarmed black kid

  1. bettykath says:

    So it seems that he wasn’t terminated because he killed a kid, but because he used poor judgement in entering the building alone and without an arrest plan. At least he’s no longer on the street where he could continue to exercise poor judgement.

    From the chief:
    “Based on a preponderance of evidence available to me and facts revealed by the investigative team,” Chief Johnson said, “I have decided to terminate Officer Miller’s employment with the Arlington Police Department for exercising poor judgment.”

    The chief also said that the officers had said they saw a bulge in Mr. Taylor’s pocket. It turned out to be a wallet and a cellphone. “It is reasonable that officers were concerned that a weapon may be present,” Chief Johnson said. “This further underscores the questionable nature of Officer Miller’s decision of entering the building alone and without an arrest plan.”

    • I may be reading too much into what the police chief said, but I think there may be an indictment for manslaughter in the ex-cop’s future. If it happens, you heard it here first.

      He was fired for “poor judgment” and failing to follow department policies. That sounds like reckless behavior causing death, which is the definition of manslaughter.

      Four shots indicates an intent to kill, which could be the basis for a murder charge, but I think that outcome may be less likely because of the general propensity to protect cops.

  2. MichelleO says:

    What about this? This black woman is being beaten and choked in full view of police cameras. Bet nothing happens to him:https://www.facebook.com/mediatakeout/videos/1062707577094522/?fref=nf

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