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These Tweets By Christian Taylor Are Heartbreaking In Light Of His Death

"Police taking black lives as easy as flippin a coin, with no consequences," Christian Taylor wrote on Twitter.

The killing of unarmed 19-year-old Christian Taylor is the latest death at the hands of law enforcement to make national headlines. On Friday (Aug. 7), Taylor was gunned down in Arlington, Texas after officers were called to respond to a suspected burglary. Police identified Taylor’s shooter as 49-year-old Brad Miller, an officer in training with no previous police experience prior to his graduation from the Arlington police academy in March.

Authorities claim that Taylor crashed his vehicle into the front window of a Classic Buick GMC car dealership. The report states that Taylor was approached by the officers, and that a struggled ensued, leading Miller to deliver the fatal shot. Miller has since been placed on administrative leave.

READ: Arlington Officer In Training Fatally Shoots Unarmed College Student Christian Taylor

As the public awaits details and the family mourns its loss, previous tweets by Taylor have come to light, revealing that the Angelo State University defensive back offered commentary on police brutality and general distrust in the system:

READ: One Year After Mike Brown’s Death, Organizers Tef Poe And Kayla Reed Still Hungry For Justice 

Taylor’s family has already begun to question information provided by officials. His great uncle, Clyde Fuller, expressed a disbelief in the scenario presented.

“I think something is going on that somebody is lying about,” he said. “…They say he’s burglarizing the place by running up in there? Nuh-uh. Something doesn’t sound right.”

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Man Caught With $34,000 Worth Of Cocaine Under His Toupee

A Colombian man thought outside of the box when he taped $34,000 worth of cocaine to his head and hid it under his wig. The man, who authorities have not yet identified, almost pulled a fast one until authorities at Barcelona Internation Airport noticed something...off.

Dubbed "Operation Toupee." officers reportedly found "a perfectly sealed package taped to his head” because the hairpiece was "disproportionate size.”

"There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls,” police said in a statement.

While attempting to smuggle cocaine under a wig may be a first, men and women acting on behalf of a larger drug trafficking ring is as old as time. According to The New York Post, cops in Barcelona stopped a man who had cocaine taped to his stomach, and it was then he confessed to swallowing 35 condoms filled with the drug.

Other bizarre drug smuggling hideaways have included a woman's breast implants, a hollowed-out pineapple, a wheelchair cushion and a plaster cast on a man’s leg.

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Justice Department Will Not Charge Officer Who Killed Eric Garner

The day before the five year anniversary of Eric Garner’s death, it was reported by multiple outlets that a federal prosecutor would not charge the police officer responsible for his death.

Per USA Today, The Justice Department will not bring federal charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the NYPD officer who held Garner in a chokehold outside of a store in Staten Island in an attempt to arrest him for allegedly selling cigarettes. Garner’s last words “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement.

“In 2017, the city's Civilian Complaints Review Board determined that Pantaleo used excessive force,” USA Today reports. “Federal authorities have been conducting a separate, years-long civil rights inquiry into Garner's death. Pantaleo also is awaiting a verdict in a NYPD disciplinary proceeding.”

During Pantaleo’s trial this past May, Stuart London– the police union lawyer who represented the officer– argued that Mr. Garner died from being “morbidly obese.”

“Those who have been able to not come to a rushed judgment, but have looked at the video in explicit detail, see Pantaleo’s intent and objective was to take him down pursuant to how he was taught by NYPD, control him when they got on the ground, and then have him cuffed,”  London said in an interview with the New York Times. “There was never any intent for him to exert pressure on his neck and choke him out the way the case has been portrayed.”

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Charlottesville Killer Receives Life Sentence Plus 419 Years

James Alex Fields Jr will spend the rest of his life behind bars for driving his car into a crowd of counter-protestors in Charlottesville, Va., which injured many and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

According to reports, Judge Richard Moore sentenced the 22-year-old white supremacist to life in prison plus 419 years. Fields, who reportedly had a picture of Adolf Hitler framed by his bed, drove from Ohio to attend the 2017 Unite The Right Rally with fellow racists and neo-Nazi's to protest the removal of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee statue.

The event also drew Heyer and other counter-protestors who marched against white nationalism. The violence forced local authorities to declare an unlawful assembly and begin the process of demobilizing everyone. Later on the same day, Fields drove his car into a crowd killing Heyer and hurting others.

The event caused already bubbling racial tensions in America to spill over when during a press conference Donald Trump blamed "both sides" for the turmoil.

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