FBI Asked to Probe Christian Taylor Shooting as New Audio and Video Emerge

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Arlington, Texas, Police Chief Will Johnson said Saturday that he spoke with the FBI's Dallas office after a white officer shot and killed Christian Taylor, an unarmed black 19-year-old, at a car dealership, according to the New York Daily News.


Johnson said he asked federal investigators to help determine any possible criminal case or policy violations in Taylor's death, he said at a news conference.

"Everything about the outcome of this incident is a tragedy," Johnson said, according to the Daily News. "Our community is hurting, a family is hurting and our department is hurting."

Just hours before Johnson's news conference, Classic Buick GMC released security footage of Taylor allegedly breaking into the dealership, the report says.

The incident occurred about 1 a.m. Friday when surveillance video appears to show Taylor "kicking in a car's windshield before driving his own SUV through the glass entrance," the report says.

After the security company called 911, Brad Miller, a first-year officer, was among police who arrived at the scene. He spotted Taylor, who allegedly fled after refusing to surrender, the chief said. Johnson then said that Miller fired four times at Taylor, striking him twice. Another officer used a stun gun, he said.

The chief declined to elaborate about a possible "struggle between Taylor and the officers," the news writes. But a police reform activist known as T.K. Connor obtained and posted on YouTube audio of the 911 call. He disputes claims about a struggle, alleging that the teen was shot within seconds of being spotted by police.


"Arlington Police claim there was a struggle," Connor writes in text accompanying the video. "And a fight. But that is impossible in 1.3 seconds."

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