The personnel file of Arlington police officer Brad Miller, who shot and killed 19-year-old Christian Taylor in a Texas car lot, paints a portrait of a man looking for a fulfilling job after layoffs forced him out of the technology sector.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Miller was hired on his third try with the Arlington Police Department after brief stints as a cashier at Chick-fil-A and a hair stylist after losing his job in marketing.
The unarmed 19-year-old Taylor was allegedly shot and killed by Miller in a Dallas car lot late at night after the college football player vandalized several cars while reportedly under the influence of synthetic psychedelic drugs and marijuana. At the time of the shooting, Miller was still in field training and under the supervision of a police training officer, but was alone when he confronted Taylor.
Miller was subsequently fired after the shooting and possibly faces charges should a grand jury elect to indict.
According to Miler’s police file he graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in radio, television and film in 1989, before embarking on a career in marketing. According to his police application, he lost job in tech and began the search for a more fulfilling job, eventually ending up going to school to become a hair stylist.
Miler supplemented his income by working at Chick-fil-A at the same time, where his supervisor described him as “model employee” who “doesn’t anger easily.” On the recommendation of a police officer he spoke with, Miller decided to give law enforcement a try, only to be turned down twice — the second time for medical reasons. After losing weight and exercising, Miller was hired on his third try and indicated that he hoped to work for the force until retirement age.
According to his interview with the department, Miller told the panel about a friend of his who didn’t believe in Christianity and explained that he tried “witnessing” to the man without success before accepting their religious differences.
On a more ominous note, he passed his shooting test, firing a gun with one hand six times in less than two seconds — half of the allotted time.
Notes in his files indicate that he was polite and well thought of by his supervisors, with one suggesting Miller “is a really good guy and would be a leader to the younger recruits in the academy” where he hoped to be an instructor one day.