Christian Taylor Police Audio
Audio has been leaked that may provide clues as to what happened when Christian Taylor was murdered on August 7.
As previously reported the 19-year-old was unarmed when he was killed by a rookie cop in Arlington, Texas.
A leaked dispatch audio provides more clues into the killing of an unarmed, black Texas college student by a rookie cop still in training.
Christian Taylor, 19, was killed by Arlington officer Brad Miller early Friday morning. The story the police told in the immediate aftermath had Taylor attempting to burglarize a car dealership, while crashing his car through the shop window. Once police arrived on the scene “a struggle ensued” and he was fatally shot.
A police reform activist who goes by T.K. Connor first obtained the audio from a source within the hacktivist group Anonymous, he told The Huffington Post. He posted the audio on YouTube, with his own annotation, and provided a full copy to HuffPost.
“I just saw a guy in the building that has a hat on, a straw hat,” an officer can be heard saying four minutes and 22 seconds into the audio. (Taylor had dyed blonde hair on top.)
“Whoa, we got shots fired!” an officer says just seconds later.
“Make sure they’re called, make sure they’re called!” a panicked voice, presumably of the shooter, can be heard saying.
The officer made no indication of a struggle.
The Arlington Police Department told The Huffington Post they have not released the audio file and “cannot speak to the validity of this video or source.” They added that “It’s possible that someone obtained portions of the audio from a police scanner website.”
A medical examiner ruled Taylor’s death a homicide, citing “gunshot wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen,” ABC reported.
At a press conference Saturday night, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said audio and video of the incident wouldn’t be released until all statements have been made, which could take between 7 to 10 days.
The Arlington police department has since released what they call “the full, unedited dispatch audio” to counter a claim that Taylor was shot within a second of police spotting him.
Taylor is spotted around the 12 minute mark.
What do YOU think about the audio??
?Does it even prove anything???