I hate that I even have to write this, but once again, another unarmed teen has been fatally shot. According to reports, 19-year-old Christian Taylor was shot Friday by a police officer in training in Arlington, Tx.
Officer Brad Miller shot Taylor after police responded to a burglary in progress about 1 a.m. Friday at a car dealership. The dealership’s company reported the burglary after its cameras recorded a man at the dealership driving an SUV through its showroom’s glass doors. Police say Taylor was found at the scene, where he was shot after an altercation.
Taylor was a defensive back at the Angelo State University football team and his head football coach described him as a fun-loving prankster.
“He had a lot of personality — a little charmer,” Pride told Dallas News. “He had that working for him; he had all the administrative assistants and secretaries eating out of his hand. A real charmer.”
Independent criminal and administrative investigations, which will determine if Miller’s actions were in compliance with the department’s policies, are in progress.
Taylor’s classmates took to social media to commemorate him, and have turned him into another sad trending topic. Last week he ironically tweeted that he didn’t want to die too young.
There seems to be details missing from the story about this “altercation.” It’s fair that police have a right to shoot when they fear that the suspect is a threat. But let’s be clear, the concept of “threat” in these cases, way too often, really just means “Black person breathing.”
We’ll have to wait and see what happens as more details unfold.
Another young Black life wasted.
Meanwhile, other criminals who have shot up movie theaters and churches got taken to Burger King and allowed to live to actually make it to trial.