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Texas cop who killed Christian Taylor fired for ‘poor judgment’

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A white officer who fatally shot a black Texas teenager last week at a Dallas-area car dealership has been fired after making a series of troubling decisions, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said on Tuesday.

Christian Taylor, 19, became the latest unarmed black man to die at the hands of a white police officer after officials said he was seen on security surveillance tape vandalizing cars at an auto dealership in Arlington.

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Taylor was shot four times by Arlington police officer Brad Miller, 49, who was still undergoing training with the department, police said. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office found Taylor had gunshot wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.

Johnson said Miller made bad decisions in communicating with fellow officers and initially approaching Taylor on his own without a plan for arrest. There were five other officers on scene, including the training officer for Miller, who tried to use a Taser to subdue the suspect, he said.

“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,” Johnson told a news conference.


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