Surveillance Video Reveals Christian Taylor’s Final Moments Before His Death
Arlington, Texas police have released surveillance footage of the moments leading up to Christian Taylor’s death. The 19-year-old unarmed Angelo State University defensive back is captured in footage taken by a security company for the Classic Buick GMC dealership where he was gunned down by 49-year-old officer in training Brad Miller on Friday (Aug. 7). In the edited, nearly nine-minute clip, a young man identified as Taylor is captured kicking in a windshield and attempting to open car doors.
According to officials, Taylor drove into the front window of the dealership and Miller along with his training officer were responding to a suspected burglary in progress. Taylor allegedly disobeyed orders to surrender and Officer Miller delivered several shots thereafter. Miller was not injured, and has yet to be interviews regarding the incident. Arlington police chief Will Johnson noted that the facts presented “do not answer all questions or alleviate all concerns,” CNN reports.
Adrian Taylor, Taylor’s father, admitted that his son was guilty of wrongdoing in the chain of events, but also noted that officers should be trained to subdue suspects without altercations resulting in their death.
“What he’d done, ain’t no way right,” he told a local CBS station. “But to shoot an unarmed man? You’re a police officer, you’re trained to take down men with your hands. You have your Tasers, you have your clubs, whatever there is. Unarmed, a 19-year-old — and you shoot to kill?”
Since neither officers were wearing body cameras, there is not footage of the shooting available. Taylor’s death is still under investigation.