( 4UMF NEWS ) FBI Won’t Investigate Death Of Unarmed Black Teen:
The FBI won’t investigate the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a police officer at the scene of a reported robbery at a Dallas-area car dealership, officials said Monday.
Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson had asked the agency to examine the early Friday death of Angelo State University student Christian Taylor, 19.
Relatives and supporters of Taylor questioned the official account that Taylor wouldn’t surrender to cops at a vigil outside the Arlington Police Department Monday night.
But officials in the FBI’s Dallas office declined Johnson’s request to assist in the probe into the shooting of Taylor by a first-year Arlington officer, KXAS-TV reported.
“The Dallas FBI has full confidence in the ability of the Arlington Police Department and Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office to conduct a thorough investigation of this matter,” FBI spokeswoman Allison Mahan said in a statement. “If in the course of the investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal civil rights violation, the FBI is prepared to investigate.”
Arlington police interviewed the officer who shot Taylor, Brad Miller, on Monday as part of their probe, police spokeswoman Tiara Richard told The Dallas Morning News. Miller, 49, is on administrative leave. But he was completing his field training the night security cameras showed Taylor breaking into Arlington’s Classic Buick GMC.
Taylor’s friends and family protested Miller’s conduct at the department’s headquarters. Roughly 35 demonstrators chanted the names of unarmed black men who have died in shootings by police officers around the country.
Taylor’s brother Joshua Taylor isn’t upset with the police, but he thinks “things could have been handled differently,” he said.
“It’s pretty much their story against somebody who’s not here anymore,” Taylor, 23, said. “It’s kind of hard to I guess justify or clarify, but at the end of the day I know my brother. I know he wouldn’t attack any officer or anybody in authority at all, or attack anybody for that matter.”
The former Angelo State Rams football player shouldn’t have ended up dead, said Collette Flanagan, the co-founder of Dallas-based Mothers Against Police Brutality, in an interview with the Morning News.
“Nineteen-year-olds make mistakes, but they should be able to correct them,” Flanagan said. “He was a child. Vandalism is not a good thing, but it’s not a death sentence.”
Police won’t disclose more about the struggle between Taylor and the officers at the scene until they’ve finished their interviews, said Arlington Sgt. Christopher Cook. The department is investigating any possible criminal case or policy violations in his death
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