The Arlington Police Department released unedited audio of police radio communications with dispatchers Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian Taylor. The audio was released to address "gross misrepresentations" in an edited version police say was published on YouTube by someone else.
Taylor was fatally shot Friday by Arlington police officer Brad Miller during an altercation at Classic Buick GMC, police has said. Video surveillance recorded the teen damaging cars at the car dealership and driving his Jeep through a showroom window shortly before the shooting.
Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson promised a transparent investigation into the fatal shooting and said evidence will be released to the public in the coming days.
On Monday, the department released the first of that information -- the radio communication -- but has not released any of the video showing the altercation between Miller and Taylor.
"Today, the department is releasing the audio of police radio communications with dispatchers that provide details in real-time with no segments of time removed. The Arlington Police Department was made aware that there was a YouTube video that was published that grossly misrepresents the facts and makes a false claim that Mr. Christian Taylor was shot by police in less than one second after officers made contact with him. The audio which they relied upon and published was not official audio provided by the department and had segments of time removed."
Earlier Monday, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams released a statement on the shooting, ensuring the police department's transparent investigation while calling for prayers for the family and community.
The Arlington chapter of the NAACP released a statement Monday afternoon asking police to disclose in a timely manner the level of threat Young posed to Miller while also calling for more information to be released in the investigation into the death of Jonathan Paul -- a 42-year-old black man who died after being found unresponsive in his cell at the Arlington City Jail in March.
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Naacp Statement Christian Taylor (Text)