Texas Policeman Who Killed Black Teenager Sacked


A policeman who killed an unarmed black teenager during a suspected burglary at a Texas car dealership last week has been fired for “making decisions that had catastrophic outcomes”, the city’s police chief said. Aljazeera has more:

Arlington officer Brad Miller, 49, could also face criminal charges once police complete their investigation, Will Johnson, the police chief, said. Johnson said Miller caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger.

The death of Christian Taylor, 19, came two days before the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s death helped spur protests and a nationwide “Black Lives Matter” movement to demand reforms to how police treat minorities.

Called to the scene of a suspected burglary early on Friday, Miller pursued the college footballer through the broken glass doors of a car dealership showroom without telling his supervising officer, Johnson said.