Audio Suggests Texas Cop Shot Unarmed Black Teen In 1.3 Seconds (VIDEO)

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On Friday morning, an Arlington, Texas police officer shot and killed 19-year-old Christian Taylor.

At around 1 am on August 7, Arlington police were contacted by a private security company. They were asked to investigate a possible break-in at an Arlington Buick dealer. Police claim that upon arriving at the dealership they found Taylor had driven through the front window of the dealership.

Arlington Police Sgt. Paul Rodriguez stated:

 “Officers established a perimeter and approached the suspect inside. As officers confronted the suspect, there was an altercation during which at least one officer discharged his weapon.”

A reporter for NBSN News released a video early Saturday morning, reportedly filmed at the same Buick dealership where Taylor was killed. Later, the same posted a recording of the police dispatch:

“We got our hands on the dispatch audio for the night Christian Taylor was killed. In the audio we can clearly hear he was shot within 1.3 seconds of police seeing him.
Arlington Police claim there was a struggle… And a fight…. But that is impossible in 1.3 seconds.
Warning this audio may be disturbing to some. But we are publishing it now to push out the truth.
We’re working on getting the video.”

While the audio appears to be authentic, it’s important to keep in mind that it has not yet been verified by police as such. If it does turn out to be authentic, it would indicate that Arlington rookie officer Brad Miller shot Christian Taylor on sight.

Listen to the audio below.

Video posted to youtube by Ghetto Huerta reportedly shows Christian Taylor outside of the Buick dealership, just before he was killed by officer Miller. The video supports statements made by the private security company. It shows Christian Taylor breaking through the windshield of a vehicle parked in the lot.

While the video supports police statements about Taylor’s actions that night, it also helps to confirm the authenticity of the audio released by NBSN News. To be sure, reporter TK was wrong about some things. But he is right about one very important thing. Officer Miller shot Christian Taylor in less than one second.

While police have repeatedly claimed that there was a struggle between Taylor and Miller, there is no way that a struggle could have occurred in that amount of time. Both the video and audio confirm that.

It’s difficult to imagine what was going on in Christian Taylor’s mind that night. He may have been drunk or using drugs. He definitely broke the law, engaged in vandalism, attempted auto theft, breaking and entering and a list of other crimes. The last I checked, none of those crimes is punishable by death in the United States.

Oddly, the surveillance video never shows Christian Taylor’s vehicle driving through the Buick dealership window. This is odd because the cameras capture a variety of images from all different areas around the building. We see officers entering the building, presumably after Taylor is already dead, so we know that cameras are installed there, and those cameras should have captured that event. For some reason that footage is not there.

Taylor’s death was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. He was shot four times, sustaining wounds to the neck, chest and stomach. We never hear the sound of shots fired on the audio. We do hear an officer say that they saw a man with a straw hat. Then, less than one second later, we hear “shots fired.” Were all four shots fired in a split second, or were additional shots fired, after the initial announcement? Did more than one officer shoot Taylor? We just don’t know.

Taylor’s death is just one in a long string of officer-involved killings, many that have involved unarmed Black men and teenagers. The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, John Crawford, Dontre Hamilton, Ezell Ford, Walter Scott and so many others, all at the hands of trigger happy cops, have sparked protests across the country.

On the heels of yet another senseless loss of life, it is time for all Americans to come together to change the system that allows cops to kill at the drop of a hat. Too many cops have a “shoot first, ask questions later” mentality. Instead of being charged with murder, cops are rarely even disciplined for taking a life “in the line of duty.”

While we don’t have all of the information in the Taylor shooting, we do have the right and the responsibility to ask questions and to demand honest answers from police.

 

Reprinted with permission from Addicting Info