Christian Taylor was shot and killed in Arlington, Texas, by a rookie cop two days before the anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, an unarmed, black 18-year-old whose death galvanized the “Black Lives Matter” movement and sparked protests that at times turned violent.
Taylor, 19, was apparently influenced by both Brown’s death and the movement, as was evidenced in his Twitter feed.
Police taking black lives as easy as flippin a coin, with no consequences smh
— October 13th (@he_got_sneaks) December 24, 2014
There is one tweet in particular, however, from July 30, about a week before his death, that has gotten a lot more attention than the many others that have drawn an interest from the general public after his death. Tens of thousands of Twitter users have retweeted it, with many saying how eerily prescient it sounds now.
I don’t wanna die too younggggg
— October 13th (@he_got_sneaks) July 31, 2015
After announcing the FBI had decided to join the investigation, the Arlington police chief promised transparency in the investigation of the shooting death of 19-year-old Christian Taylor by one of his rookie officers, reports CBS Dallas.
Taylor was shot and killed by Officer Brad Miller early Friday morning inside an Arlington car dealership that Taylor, a sophomore football player at Angelo State University, had broken into.
Newly released security camera footage recorded before police arrived at the car dealership shows Taylor kicking in a car windshield, jumping up and down on cars, and then driving his SUV through a glass wall into the lobby of the dealership.
It was inside the dealership that Arlington police say officers first spotted Taylor and ordered him to the ground.
“As officers stood outside the building, they may verbal contact with Mr. Taylor through the glass wall – instructing him to lie on the ground,” said Police Chief Will Johnson. “Mr. Taylor was not compliant.”
The police chief said two of his officers, a veteran officer and rookie Officer Brad Miller, made contact with Taylor in another showroom. There an “altercation” occurred between the two officers and the unarmed teenagers occurred.
Police said Miller fired four shots killing Taylor.
The other officer fired his Taser. Although, according to the police chief, investigators have not determined if he did so before Miller fired his gun or even if the Taser struck Taylor.
Miller was placed on administrative leave after the shooting.
SOURCE: CBS News