At a press conference on Tuesday, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said the officer who fatally shot Christian Taylor on Friday has been terminated “for exercising poor judgment” and had no physical contact with the unarmed teen before firing.
Johnson said on Tuesday he had “serious concerns” about Officer Brad Miller’s need to use lethal force, but a grand jury will ultimately decide whether he should be charged criminally. From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
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.
Multiple officers saw Christian Taylor Friday night, officer spotted a "bulge" in Taylor's pockets, Arlington chief says.August 11, 2015
Officer saw Christian Taylor had keys, said he was going to steal car, would not comply, Chief Will Johnson said.August 11, 2015
Christian Taylor lunges his body through glass door in effort to break glass and visibly shakes wall, Arlington chief says in presser.August 11, 2015
Christian Taylor was actively advancing toward Officer Miller, another officer removed his taser and heard a pop, @ArlingtonPD chief saysAugust 11, 2015
.@ArlingtonChief says Christian Taylor continued toward Officer Miller after he was shot the first time, another officer tased himAugust 11, 2015
The "bulge" in #ChristianTaylor's pocket was a wallet and cell phone, per policeAugust 11, 2015
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