ARLINGTON, TX -- It happened again -– an unarmed, black teen was shot and killed by a cop.
This time, it happened in Arlington, and the timing couldn’t be worse. Sunday marks one year since Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson.
The victim is a 19-year-old football standout at Angelo State University. The cop is a rookie, under field supervision, and just graduated from the Police Academy in March.
The scene unfolded early Friday morning, about 1 a.m., at the GMC dealership off Interstate-20. Cops responded to a burglary call and say the suspect, Christian Taylor, rammed an SUV through the dealership showroom.
Arlington PD says officers confronted Taylor, there was an altercation, then 49-year-old Brad Miller pulled his gun and pulled the trigger. Taylor died at the scene.
APD is investigating if deadly forced was used and if the cop’s actions were compliant with department policies. Ofc. Miller was place on administrative leave, which is routine procedure. Detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the dealership. They have yet to find video of the shooting.
The rookie cop wasn’t wearing a body cam. Arlington Police Department currently doesn’t have that technology.
Meanwhile, Taylor's family is at a loss over his loss. “Just a young kid, he made a couple of mistakes, but who didn’t?" Taylor's oldest brother, Adrian Taylor said. "He didn’t deserve that; he didn’t deserve that.”
The hashtag “Christian Taylor” is circulating social media and some stars haven't been shy about posting their opinions.
The teen reportedly renewed his faith in recent months. Christian posted this haunting tweet just a few days ago.
His last tweet reads: “work on yourself before you change others.”
"We don’t want this to happen to nobody else, it’s happened too many times," the victim's brother said. "Don’t ever think that we above anything; anybody, any race. I don’t want anybody to make this a black and white thing, anybody can be a victim.”