A white police officer who shot and killed unarmed black college football player Christian Taylor in Arlington, Texas, Aug. 7, has been fired, the city’s police chief said Tuesday.
Arlington Police Department Chief Will Johnson said Officer Brad Miller lost his job, “for exercising poor judgment.”
Johnson said Miller was in the final stages of field training when he shot Christian Taylor, 19, multiple times at a car dealership in Arlington.
Police reportedly received a 911 call after Taylor allegedly drove his SUV through the front window of a showroom at the dealership. Authorities said when officers arrived, Taylor was inside, and did not comply with initial calls to surrender.
Miller, 49, reportedly entered the building alone, and told investigators he feared he would be overpowered by Taylor, who was moving toward him at a fast pace. Miller’s training officer, a 19-year-veteran of the police force, also joined him inside the building.
Miller reportedly fired four shots at Taylor, and the other officer used a Taser.
‘Officer Miller exercised inappropriate judgment by entering the building alone,’ Johnson stated. Johnson also said Miller “created an environment of cascading consequences that produced an unrecoverable outcome.”
According to reports, there was no physical contact between Taylor and the officers.
Johnson said a separate, criminal investigation will be ongoing, and the police will submit all reports to the Tarrant County district attorney for consideration and submission to a grand jury.
Reportedly, Taylor played defensive back at Angelo State University.
According to an article in The Washington Post, his father, Adrian Taylor, is awaiting more information regarding the incident. However, he said the family’s primary concern is burying Taylor.
“Right now I just feel sorry for my family and his family and for the whole nation,” Adrian Taylor stated. “I just hope it makes a change because this is happening too much.”