Yesha Callahan

New Surveillance Video Shows Unarmed Student Christian Taylor Stomping On Cars In Dealership Before Being Killed By Police


19-year-old Angelo State University football player Christian Taylor of Texas is the latest unarmed young Black man to be shot and killed by police, but now a new surveillance video is raising even more questions about the role Christian played in the fatal sequence of events that cost him his life.

Initial reports on the confrontation between Christian and rookie Texas police officer Brad Miller stated that Miller was responding to an alleged burglary in progress at a local car dealership when he arrived at the dealership to find an SUV crashed through the window of the establishment and Christian Taylor inside. What actually happened next is still being investigated but the police report states that once inside, Miller confronted Christian, an “altercation” of some type ensued, and Miller fired four shots. Specific details such as whether or not the altercation was physical or which of Miller’s shots were fatal are still unfolding. Some of Christian’s family members were highly skeptical that he would drive a jeep through a car dealership and attempt to break into cars inside of the facility, but new video footage taken from the dealership surveillance camera appears to corroborate the police report.

In the nearly 9-minute clip, Christian is seen inside of the dealership moments before the officers arrived, kicking and stomping on cars before attempting to break the windshield of one of the vehicles. See the surveillance footage below.

The new footage certainly adds clarity to the narrative of whether or not Christian was an “innocent” victim, but the question still remains as to why the officer needed to use his gun if Christian was unarmed and seemingly trapped inside of the dealership with no way out once police arrived. Judging from the video footage, it’s not far-fetched to imagine that Christian was uncooperative with police once they arrived given his erratic behavior beforehand, but much like the question raised in the shooting death of 18-year-old Mike Brown exactly one year ago today, why not tase him if he tried to run or resist RATHER than shoot him if he didn’t have a weapon?

The FBI has now launched an official investigation in to Christian’s death, so hopefully more answers will be given in the days ahead.

  1. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    I can’t get behind this another unarmed black man killed story. What was he doing in the car dealership vandalizing cars? Was he mentally unstable? A black man can’t walk down the street w/out the possibility of being shot and killed by a cop for no reason. What did he think would happen to a black man vandalizing cars in a dealership then crashing his car into the window? Not saying he deserved to die but just saying. We gotta do better! #sorrynotsorry

  2. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    I’m sorry that this young man had to lose his life but I can’t justify his behavior after watching the video. Were they cameras inside?

  3. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    No one is justifying his behavior !!! He broke the law PERIOD.

    The question here is how does vandalism result to killing someone ??? They could have tased him and locked him up. But he was black and black people are automatically a threat so the only way is to kill them.

    Remember Dylann Roof killed innocent people in a church and when they found him they gave him a bulletproof vest, a private plane and Burger King.

    Two different crimes, two different outcomes, two different colors.

    • August 10, 2015 - Reply


      You made my point. Black people can’t do what white people do and live to talk about it. Was Christian Taylor mentally ill? Why was he in a car dealership vandalizing cars? Why did he crash his car into the dealership? Sure they could’ve tased him. They didn’t. We ought to know their behavior by now. Doesn’t make it right but that’s the world we live in. We’re never going to get a bulletproof vest, private plane and Burger King.

  4. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    Don’t care. #notmyfight

    • August 10, 2015 - Reply


      you a fan of beyondblackwhite by any chance?

      • August 10, 2015 - Reply


        Sure am!

  5. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    Certainly, there is no justification for Christian Taylor to jump on cars and harming property. We should fight evil. I have no problem with self-defense, but there is not a single, legitimate justification for anyone to vandalize vehicles in that way. The question is about the nature of the interaction between Christian and the officer. If the cop was not in a life threatening situation, then the officer can use alternative methods to solve the problem. If the officer was in a life threatening situation, then that changes the game. The most important situation is about finding the truth regardless of where it leads to. I can handle the truth. I won’t handle the status quo. I won’t agree with the worship of all cops, which is a common pastime among some in America. Many cops are Protectors of Injustice and Government Suppression. This story reminds us how valuable life and the truth are. We should be courageous and revolutionary without violating innocent property and innocent life. So, there is no justification for him to violate just law. What he did in the video was wrong. Cars should not be damaged in that car lot. Likewise, all laws are not just laws. Morally, people have the right to oppose unjust laws.

  6. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    It looked like he was high on something and it wasn’t weed. If his total intent was to vandalize a car dealership, he would’ve brought tools to really do the job. The cops could’ve tasered him, but if he was high on PCP or LSD those tasers would be useless. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time in the wrong frame of mind. I’m so sorry for his family’s loss.

    • August 10, 2015 - Reply


      Exactly. He may be on drugs or had mental illness. His behavior was out of the ordinary and abnormal. We send condolences to his family.

    • August 10, 2015 - Reply


      Also, I used the acronym of Protectors of Injustice and Government Suppression for crooked cops. It’s a very fitting acronym to describe crooked cops. 🙂

  7. August 10, 2015 - Reply

    I am thinking he was maybe high on something or mental illness. May he rest in peace.

  8. August 11, 2015 - Reply

    Probably high. Either way, it doesn’t mean he should be killed. Dylan Roof assassinates 9 people and He is still alive getting Burger King meals.

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