Arlington Officer's Lawyer Defends Shooting, Criticizes Chief

The attorney for former Arlington police officer who was fired after fatally shooting an unarmed 19-year-old during a suspected burglary at a car dealership is defending his client's actions and insulting those of the police chief.

Attorney John Snider said in a statement Wednesday to The Associated Press that his client, Brad Miller, "made decisions in the heat of a violent confrontation to save his and other officers' lives."

Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said Tuesday that Miller had been fired for making mistakes that caused a deadly confrontation that put him and other officers in danger, including pursuing Christian Taylor without telling his supervising officer.

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Miller could also face criminal charges and his case is being forwarded to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office for referral to the grand jury, Johnson said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Snider said Johnson used "20/20 hindsight to protect his job and appease anti-police activists." Snider also said Johnson fears "losing his six-figure salary."

Meanwhile, Taylor's funeral arrangements have been scheduled for Saturday at Koinonia Christian Church in southeast Arlington.

Taylor's father, Adrian Taylor, plans to attend a Peace & Prayer Rally Wednesday night at Cornerstone Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Johnson and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams are also expected to attend the rally.

Cornerstone Baptist Church in Arlington will hold a Peace and Prayer Rally at 7 p.m. Wednesday after an unarmed 19-year-old suspected burglar was shot and killed by police.
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