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Christian Taylor may have been murdered by the officer in question. Three employees who saw the security video said that none of what dispatch relayed happened.
Although dispatch gave the “burglary” information to the officers on duty, they were getting their information from the video company — Stealth Monitoring — which was watching via live feed. As it turns out, accusations may have been exceptionally exaggerated. TK, from No Bull Sh*t News, was on the scene getting first-hand information about the Christian Taylor incident.
The video company said that Taylor crashed through the front gate, but even one of the officers said that he didn’t see a gate that had been crashed-through. One of the officers only saw the side gate which was slightly opened.
As reports No Bull Sh*t News, three employees from the dealership who were privileged to see the surveillance footage told the medium that Christian Taylor wasn’t doing any of what the video company said. The only valid accusation was that Taylor was looking through the windshield of the Ford Mustang.
Officers and security personnel are still people. And people have the capacity and ability to stretch the truth. However, according to the audio bite, it seems that there may be no truth to any of the story, starting from the video surveillance company, to the firing officer, to the police sergeant.
In a 1999 report from the Pace University School of Law, “Proving the Lie: Litigating Police Credibility” by David N. Dorfman, it stated then that police lying was commonplace.
“Police lying is no ‘little secret’ either. Juries, particularly in our urban criminal courts, are thoroughly capable of discounting police testimony as unbelievable, unreliable, and even mendacious. Judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys report that police perjury is commonplace, and even police officers themselves concede that lying is a regular feature of the life of a cop. Scandals involving police misconduct-brutality, corruption, criminality are regularly featured in the daily newspapers, and periodic investigation reports and blue-ribbon commissions come up with the same conclusions: police scandals are cyclical; official misconduct, corruption, brutality, and criminality are endemic; and necessarily, so is police lying to disguise and deny it.”
From official reports, Officer Brad Miller said there was a scuffle. However, if you hear the audio, there was no such thing. Rookie Officer Miller fired his weapon almost immediately after seeing Christian Taylor. As reports No Bull Sh*t News, it was 1.3 seconds after stating that Christian was spotted that Officer Miller fired his weapon.
There are so many inconsistencies in the audio. After saying that Christian rammed through the gate, the video company relayed that Taylor’s vehicle was parked at the gate, as the audio plays back. So how did his vehicle end up through the dealership’s storefront window?
It’s believed that Christian Taylor was in his vehicle by the time Officer Brad Miller fired at him, causing him to accelerate forward into the window.
However, from official reports, Taylor’s vehicle was already crashed through the dealership’s window by the time officers made it on-scene. After arriving on scene and seeing the crash, then, there was a scuffle between Christian and Officer Miller, upon which the officer shot him. Arlington Police Sergeant Paul Rodriguez also made an official statement saying that Christian was caught on camera engaging in “criminal activity.”
So, this can even trace back to all the other recent cases where police brutality got off with “paid administrative leave.” Such is the case with Sandra Bland. Like Christian Taylor, Sandra was an uplifter.
Below are tweets from Christian Taylor‘s official Twitter account.
Below are tweets from Sandra Bland‘s official Twitter account.
It’s amazing how people can justify so many bogus calls made by law enforcement officers who aren’t fit to be in such a profession. Similarly, the University of Colorado’s Law Review published an article called “Testilying: Police Perjury and What to Do About It.” In it, Christopher Slobogin states the following.
“Perhaps most importantly, police lying intended to convict someone, whether thought to be guilty or innocent, is wrong because once it is discovered, it diminishes one of our most crucial ‘social goods’, trust in government. First, of course, the exposure of police perjury damages the credibility of police testimony. As the aftermath of the Fuhrman debacle has shown, the revelation that some police routinely and casually lie under oath makes members of the public, including those who serve on juries, less willing to believe all police, truthful or not. One comment that a New York prosecutor made about the impact of the Simpson case illustrates the point: ‘Our prosecutors now have to begin their cases defending the cops. Prosecutors have to bring the jury around to the opinion that cops aren’t lying. That’s how much the landscape has changed’.”
And the aforementioned law schools gave these testimonies in the 1990s, nearly two decades ago for these particulars.
Yet, it wasn’t until the video footage that it could be believed that so many allegations from this promising athlete were true. Unfortunately, they were. And here’s the video. Still doesn’t mean that he deserved to die. However, it can’t be seen what happened inside of the dealership from the video. More updates are to come as they surface.
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