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Texas police bring in FBI to help investigate shooting death of unarmed black college student

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
Christian Taylor
Christian Taylor

Police in Arlington, Texas, have asked the FBI to help investigate the shooting death of an unarmed black college student who was killed by a police trainee early Friday inside a car dealership.

Chief Will Johnson of the Arlington Police Department said the trainee, Brad Miller (49), shot and killed Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old football player at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, as he attempted to flee from officers who had been dispatched to the dealership after reports of a suspected burglary.

Johnson pledged “a transparent, thorough and fair investigation”, but warned that it might be “lengthy and at times frustratingly slow”.

He said he had invited Thomas M Class snr, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Dallas division, to participate.

“Our pledge is to provide answers in the most thorough and expeditious manner possible,” Mr Johnson said at a news conference Saturday night.

He included “an acknowledgment that this instance has not occurred in isolation but rather has occurred as our nation is grappling with the problems of social injustice, inequities, racism and police misconduct”.

Mr Miller was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Mr Johnson said.

He said Mr Miller had not yet been interviewed about the incident, a delay he described as “standard police practice”.