A 19-year-old college football player was fatally shot by a police officer in suburban Dallas following a struggle Friday night, local authorities told the Associated Press. The struggle ensued after the young man, later identified as Christian Taylor, crashed the car he was driving through the front window of a local car dealership.
Taylor was a sophomore at Division II Angelo State University and played defensive back on the school’s football team.
Just how the struggle came to be in the first place has yet to be uncovered. Police responded to a burglary call in the area and saw Taylor’s car driven through the window of the dealership. The officer who fired the shot has been identified as Brad Miller, who joined the department last September and was under the supervision of a training officer. He has since been placed on administrative leave.
This is just one of many incidents of alleged use of excessive force by police that has dogged the nation over the past year. New York City police put Eric Garner in a chokehold last summer, ignoring cries from him that he couldn’t breathe before he died in custody. In Baltimore, Freddie Gray died while being transported to jail. More recently, in Dallas, just a stone’s throw away from Arlington, where Taylor was shot, Sandra Bland was arrested during a traffic stop and allegedly committed suicide in her jail cell following her arrest. Simply put, Taylor’s death is just another chapter in this long and sad story.
Speaking to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Taylor’s great uncle offered a brief snippet of wisdom.
“They say he’s burglarizing the place by running up in there? Nuh-uh. Something doesn’t sound right,” Fuller told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
On Twitter, San Angelo State football coach Will Wagner was straight to the point.
Heart is hurting
— Will Wagner (@Coachwillwagner) August 7, 2015
Campus Sports sends its deepest condolences to Taylor’s family and friends and will update this story as more information becomes available.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Twitter