Arlington Police Officer Who Shot Christian Taylor Fired, Says Police Chief
Newbie police officer 49-year-old Brad Miller was fired from his post on Tuesday, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said, citing “inappropriate judgment” as a ground. Miller shot to death college sophomore and football player Christian Taylor on August 7 inside Buick GMC car dealership.
According to the police chief, Miller entered GMC car dealership building alone, though he was with a partner. The decision was fatal as it resulted in an “environment of cascading consequences,” New York Times says quoting the chief.
“Based on a preponderance of evidence available to me and facts revealed by the investigative team, I have decided to terminate Officer Miller’s employment with the Arlington Police Department for exercising poor judgment,” Police Chief Johnson addressed media and attendees in a news conference on Tuesday.
Taylor, a black teen, was fired around 1:00 after midnight on Friday when he attempted to abscond from the authorities deployed to respond to a possible burglary call. The medical examiner from Tarrant County disclosed Taylor sustained gunshot wounds on his abdomen, neck and chest.
Miller’s decision to move in during that fateful moment was bad as he failed to communicate with fellow officers and he approached the suspect alone and without any plan to arrest Taylor. The police chief said there were other officers who were at the scene, including the terminated officer’s training officer, who tried to subdue Taylor using a Taser.