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19-Year-Old College Athlete Tweeted His Fear of Police Just a Week Before Being Gunned Down by Rookie Texas Cop

19-year-old Christian Taylor was a defensive back for the Angelo State University football team

Just a little over a week ago, 19 year-old Christian Taylor — a redshirt freshman on the Angelo State University football team — tweeted about losing his life at the hands of police. Taylor openly shared his fears of police in a tweet sent just days after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson last year. Just weeks after news broke about the non-indictment of Officer Daniel Pantaleo — who strangled Eric Garner to death in Staten Island last year — Taylor appeared to speak out about the injustice of police walking free after “taking black lives.” And days after 25-year-old Freddie Gray was killed by Baltimore police, Taylor again tweeted his fear of being killed by police.

Taylor, who was unarmed at the time of his death, was killed by 49-year-old Brad Miller, an Arlington police officer-in-training who had no prior job in law enforcement, and just joined the department in September 2014. According to the Dallas Morning News, Taylor was killed after an “altercation” with Miller at a car dealership, after Taylor had driven an SUV through a glass showroom window in an alleged burglary. The killing of Taylor without due process is a contrast to the Arlington Police Department’s treatment of white perpetrators. In October of 2013, Arlington police allowed Joel Jonas White to surrender, after fatally shooting a man and firing on officers.

Taylor’s great-uncle Clyde Fuller described Taylor as a good man and talented football player, and cast doubt on the police’s version of events that Taylor was burglarizing a car dealership.

“He was a good kid. I don’t see him stealing no car or nothing like that,” Fuller told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think something is going on that somebody is lying about.”

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