CRIME AND CRIMINALS: MURDER HOMICIDE : POLICE BRUTALITY : UNITED STATES: STATES: TEXAS: Update: Officer Brad Miller Terminated from Arlington PD after Christian Taylor Shooting; Dozens Protest Outside Police Headquarters

David P. Dillard
 

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CRIME AND CRIMINALS: MURDER HOMICIDE :

POLICE BRUTALITY :

UNITED STATES: STATES: TEXAS:

Update: Officer Brad Miller Terminated from Arlington PD
after Christian Taylor Shooting;
Dozens Protest Outside Police Headquarters

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Update: Officer Brad Miller Terminated from Arlington PD
after Christian Taylor Shooting;
Dozens Protest Outside Police Headquarters

Claire Z. Cardona

Dallas News.com

Published: August 11, 2015 4:45 pm

http://crimeblog.dallasnews.com/2015/08/ arlington-police-update-on-shooting-of-christian-taylor.html/

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/pcnoj55

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The officer involved in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian Taylor has been terminated, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said Tuesday.

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Johnson cited several examples of poor judgment in the incident as reasons for Officer Brad Millers termination. He said he made the decision after receiving a briefing from investigators Tuesday morning and the decision was his alone.

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Miller, 49, fatally shot Taylor, who was unarmed, during a burglary call at Classic Buick GMC near Interstate 20 and Collins Street early Friday. The incident began after private security for the car dealership called 911 shortly after 1 a.m. to report that Taylor was damaging a car in the parking lot.

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This is a extraordinarily difficult case, Johnson said. Decisions were made that have a catastrophic outcome.

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Millers poor judgement in tactics in the shooting officially led to his firing, but the fact that Taylor was shot and killed played a role in the chiefs decision, police spokesman Christopher Cook said.

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Since Miller was still in field training at the time of the shooting, he cannot appeal the firing.

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Johnson said that he had serious concerns as to the rationale articulated as to the use of deadly force, but believed those concerns are best addressed through a criminal investigations process.

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After the officers determined the need to establish a perimeter on the west side of the building, Miller and his training officer, Cpl. Dale Wiggins, headed that way but Wiggins stopped to talk to the officer who was speaking with Taylor.

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Miller kept going and after spotting the broken glass that Taylor had driven his Jeep through, entered into the showroom alone. Taylor ran to a different part of the building and tried to break through a glass door to get out, Johnson said.

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Miller followed Taylor and told him to get on the ground. Taylor turned to Miller and began to rapidly approach while cursing, Johnson said. He said Miller retreated while giving commands.

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Wiggins, urgently trying to rejoin Miller, entered the building and saw Taylor approaching Miller who was stationary. Wiggins removed his Taser from its holster and heard a pop. Johnson said he thought it was Miller deploying his Taser, but it turned out to be Miller firing his weapon the first time, though its unclear if he hit Taylor.

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Wiggins used his Taser and Taylor continued to advance toward Miller, who then fired his weapon three more times. Taylor was about seven to 10 feet away from Miller when the shots were fired. During the course of the incident, there was no physical contact between Miller and Taylor, Johnson said.

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Johnson said that Millers decision to go in alone without telling Wiggins his intent was not a good strategy and put the officers on scene in a position of undue risk.

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He said Miller, who believed he was alone in the showroom, feared that Taylor could overpower him. Miller was unaware that his field training officer was about four feet away from him at the time of the shooting.

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This fear and feeling of isolation was a result of his poor decision to enter the building without assistance and without an arrest plan, Johnson said.

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The complete article may be read at the URL above.

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