The family of Christian Taylor, the unarmed teen who was killed by a Texas police officer over the weekend, has yet to hear from police officials, The Guardian reports.
Adrian Taylor, the 19-year-old’s father, says police in Arlington won’t meet with him to discuss his son’s death. Mr. Taylor added that he and his family learned about Christian’s death through surveillance footage and leaked audio by hackers.
Social media has also unfortunately helped them more than the Arlington Police Department, he told The Guardian.
“They won’t even talk to me, man,” Adrian said. “I’m having to find out about how CJ died on social media,” he said, using his youngest son’s nickname.
Following news of Taylor’s death, surveillance footage from the Classic Buick GMC dealership was released on Sunday. The disoriented teen entered the dealership and could be seen jumping on cars. He also seemed confused as he paused for moments at a time to stare at his hands. Police arrived on the scene shortly after Taylor allegedly drove through the dealership’s glass windows. The footage shows him walking around the dealership, but does not show the actual encounter with officers.
Police officer Brad Miller arrived with a field training officer and an altercation ensued, leading him to shoot Taylor four times in the stomach and in the neck. Taylor was also stunned with a Taser by the other officer. Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Rodriguez diffused rumors that Miller was a rookie cop, maintaining that he was “fully trained.”
Miller has since been placed on administrative leave.
“… Should a police officer in field-training defer a decision to their field-training officer before acting? No,” replied Rodriguez in answer to a reporter’s inquiry on response procedure. “They are fully-trained, fully-empowered police officers for the state of Texas by the time they graduate [from the] police academy”.
For now, the family of the Angelo State University student is left to listen and watch the few pieces of evidence they have from the shooting.
Taylor’s brother Joshua spoke about how his sibling had a newfound relationship with God.
“He was a really good guy.” the 23-year-old said. “He was family-oriented. He was an A student and had he everything going for him. He was happy, everything was great. He was trying to touch people’s lives.”
The victim’s father added that his son was wrong for entering the dealership, but it shouldn’t have resulted in him losing his life. Taylor’s latest tweets revealed he was very vocal about police brutality and feared he would die “too young” if he found himself in an encounter with an officer.
“Maybe he had been drinking, maybe he was on something. I don’t know,” he said. His son’s only previous run-in with the law had come when he was caught once with pills that weren’t prescribed to him. “But you don’t kill somebody for that. You don’t just take a life.”
The FBI announced Sunday they would assist the Arlington Police Department in investigating the shooting. Police also told reporters they aren’t sure why Miller fired multiple shots, but hope the FBI will help find answers.
SOURCE: The Guardian | VIDEO CREDIT: NDN
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