A Texas police chief promised transparency as the FBI joined the investigation into the death of a Texas college football player who was fatally shot by an officer during a burglary call at a car dealership.
During a news conference Saturday night, Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson said the FBI’s Dallas field office has been asked to help investigate the death early Friday of Christian Taylor, a 19-year-old African-American who was unarmed when shot by a white police officer. Johnson stressed the move “in no way diminishes my confidence” in local officers to conduct the investigation.
Taylor’s death came two days before the one-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Brown’s death galvanized the “Black Lives Matter” movement and sparked protests that at times turned violent.