Texas Police Officer Who Killed Unarmed Black Teen Fired
Black Enterprise Magazine January-March 2019 Issue

Christian Taylor, left, was fatally shot by Officer Brad Miller Friday, Aug. 7. (Image: File)

According to reports, an Arlington, Texas, police officer who killed an unarmed college black teen was fired Tuesday. Officer Brad Miller made mistakes that, the city’s police chief reported, caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger.

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Miller could also face criminal charges once police complete their investigation, Police Chief Will Johnson said.

[WATCH video below with more details of the incident via Huffington Post]

The officer had pursued 19-year-old Christian Taylor through the broken glass doors of a car dealership showroom after being called to the scene of a suspected burglary early Friday morning, but did not tell his supervising officer, Johnson told news media.

Instead of following protocol and helping to set up a perimeter around the showroom, Miller confronted Taylor and ordered him to get down on the ground, Johnson added. Taylor did not comply. Instead, he began “actively advancing toward Officer Miller,” Johnson said.

Miller’s field training officer, who had followed Miller into the showroom, drew a taser but would soon find that Miller had drawn his service weapon and shot Taylor. Miller fired his gun three more times after that leading to the teen’s death.

This news comes just days after the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed Ferguson, Mo. teen who was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson would be cleared of wrongdoing, but has reportedly said he is now “unemployable,” due to the backlash of the case.

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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