Arlington Police Ask FBI To Assist In Probe Of Christian Taylor's Death (Video) | KERA News

Arlington Police Ask FBI To Assist In Probe Of Christian Taylor's Death (Video)

Aug 9, 2015

Arlington police have asked the FBI to participate in the investigation into the death of a college football player who was fatally shot by an officer during a burglary call at a car dealership.

Arlington police officer Brad Miller, who is white, is on administrative leave after the early Friday shooting of 19-year-old Christian Taylor, who is black.

Taylor was unarmed. 

During a news conference Saturday night, Police Chief Will Johnson said a special FBI agent in charge of the Dallas field office would take part in the probe. He stressed it "in no way diminishes my confidence in the Arlington police department's ability" to investigate.

Johnson said Miller and another officer found Taylor "freely roaming" inside the dealership. The other officer used his Taser. Miller fired four rounds from his service weapon.

Taylor's death came two days before the one-year 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 galvanized the "Black Lives Matter" movement and sparked protests that at times turned violent.

Video: Watch surveillance video of Taylor at the car dealership

Video: Watch Arlington police press conference about Taylor's death