Police violence in the usa: unarmed black man shot dead

Texas police shot and killed an unarmed black man near Dallas. There had been an altercation beforehand, officials say.

Vigil for slain Christian Taylor, who was shot dead Aug. 8. Photo: ap

Another unarmed black man has been shot by a police officer in the United States. The case in a Dallas suburb raised questions a year after a white officer fatally shot teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson. Arlington police confirmed that the 19-year-old student was unarmed.

Arlington police had been called to a car dealership Friday morning by a burglar alarm. There, Christian Taylor had broken through a storefront window with his car. The officers approached Taylor’s car, he said, and an altercation ensued. During the struggle, an officer shot Taylor, he said.

It was unclear if there was video footage of the incident. A police spokesman said the city’s officers are not equipped with body cameras, and no recording of the incident has yet been found from the car dealership’s video surveillance.

That, too, prompted talk on social media such as Twitter. Also in question was whether Taylor – a member of the Angelo State University football team in San Angelo – had been caught in a burglary.

After mostly unarmed black men were shot by police officers in recent months, a debate has erupted in the U.S. over excessive use of force in the line of duty. There have also been repeated riots. The event was triggered by the fatal police shooting of a black teenager in the small US town of Ferguson exactly one year ago. He is to be commemorated with a series of events. A minute’s silence is planned for Sunday.

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