Christian Taylor Police Shooting: FBI Will Not Investigate Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Athlete in Texas
FBI agents will not step in to investigate the death of an unarmed college football player who was fatally shot by a local police officer in Texas.
The shooting occurred after 19-year-old Christian Taylor allegedly crashed his vehicle through the showroom glass doors at Classic Buick GMC in Arlington, the Dallas Morning News reported. Surveillance video also shows the African-American teen kicking out the windshield of a car in the parking lot and then wandering around inside.
The dealership's security company used the surveillance cameras to monitor Taylor and reported a possible burglary in progress around 1 a.m. Friday, reports CNN. Once police arrived on the scene, they say that they commanded Taylor to surrender while standing on the other side of the glass, but he did not comply. Instead, Taylor, a sophomore defensive back at Angelo State University in San Angelo, ran away and tried to open a locked glass door.
Rookie cop Brad Miller, a 49-year-old white cop who was still in training, and a 19-year veteran went inside to arrest Taylor. That's where some type of confrontation ensued and Miller fired four times while the other officer used a taser, Police Chief Will Johnson said. Miller, however, was not injured.
Officials are still investigating the incident, but the sequence of events remains unclear. Meanwhile, Miller has been placed on administrative leave. He has yet to be interviewed.
Arlington police officials invited the FBI to participate in the probe and review the police department's own investigation and findings. However, FBI Dallas spokeswoman Allison Mahan said Monday that the agency "has full confidence in the ability" of local police and prosecutors to handle Taylor's death.
Following the incident, Taylor's older brother, Joshua, 23, told The Associated Press that he's not angry with police, but thinks "things could have been handled differently." He also said that it is difficult to determine what happened since there is no video of the actual shooting, and the police were not wearing body cams.
"It's pretty much their story against somebody who's not here anymore," he said. "It's kind of hard to I guess justify or clarify but at the end of the day I know my brother. I know he wouldn't attack any officer or anybody in authority at all, or attack anybody for that matter."