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Christian Taylor 'Wouldn't Attack Any Officer,' His Brother Says

Aug 10, 2015

The brother of Christian Taylor, the college football player fatally shot by an Arlington police officer, says he's not angry at police but does think they could have handled the confrontation differently.

Taylor, who was unarmed, was shot early Friday morning after police responded to a burglary call at a car dealership in Arlington. Security footage shows the 19-year-old breaking into a car in the lot and then crashing his own vehicle into the glass showroom. Police have said he refused to surrender and then tried to escape before the officer shot him.

Joshua Taylor insists his brother "wouldn't attack any officer or anybody in authority." He says it's never OK to harm an unarmed person.

A newly released recording of radio traffic shows more than two minutes elapsed between the time police officers spotted Christian Taylor at the car dealership and the moment a police officer fatally shot him.

The Arlington Police Department says it posted the 16-minute audio Monday on YouTube to counter an audio posted by an online blog that a department statement says "grossly misrepresents the facts and makes a false claim that Mr. Christian Taylor was shot in less than 1 second after APD Officers made contact with him."

Listen to the recording

The police statement says the recording posted on the blog "relied upon and published was not official audio provided by the department and had segments of time removed." The statement says the official recording details the event sequence "in real-time with no segments of time removed."

Police say Taylor was shot dead in an altercation with a police trainee about 1 a.m. Friday.

Taylor was black and unarmed; the officer is white. Police have said Taylor refused to surrender and then tried to escape. The officer, Brad Miller, is on administrative leave.

Video: Watch the surveillance video

Video: Arlington police chief talks about the shooting

Photo: Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram