The Texas police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Christian Taylor was fired from the Arlington Police Department.
Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson announced the officer’s termination during a press conference on Tuesday. Chief Johnson said there was no physical contact between Taylor, 19, and rookie officer Brad Miller, 49, at an Arlington car dealership.
Johnson’s statement contradicted earlier reports that Taylor struggled with Miller and another officer when they responded to a silent alarm triggered after Taylor crashed his Jeep through the car dealership’s glass doors.
While outlining the events leading up to the fatal shooting of Christian Taylor, Johnson said rookie officer Brad Miller “exercised poor judgment” that led to “cascading consequences.” Miller’s “unilateral decision to enter the building alone and to pursue [Christian Taylor] helped create an unrecoverable outcome,” Johnson said, adding that the decision put other officers on the scene at risk. Source
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