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.
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.
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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.