Surveillance Video And Police Audio From Christian Taylor Incident Released

Surveillance video from the car dealership Christian Taylor had been trespassing on prior to being shot by a police officer has been released. While it does not show the shooting, it does show Taylor wandering around the dealership lot, smashing the windshield of a mustang, and driving an SUV through the gate of the dealership. It also shows the police arriving on the scene.

The shooting appears to occur inside the actual dealership and so far no video from inside has been released. It also appears that this footage has been edited. If you watch the time stamp in the lower left corner you see it skip a few times, most notably at the 1:21:35 mark. Someone appears to walk into the dealership, and then it suddenly skips to 1:22:32 and two other figures are suddenly running across the lot towards the building.

There is also now leaked police audio from the incident. The audio was obtained by an activist named TK Connor, who says he got it from someone within the loosely defined collective Anonymous.  It’s difficult to tell if this audio has been edited in any way. It’s also worth keeping this bit from the Huffigton Post article in mind:

The Arlington Police Department told The Huffington Post they have not released the audio file and “cannot speak to the validity of this video or source.” They added that “It’s possible that someone obtained portions of the audio from a police scanner website.”

With that in mind, here is the audio:

Towards the end you hear a police officer say they see someone in the dealership. Less than two seconds later they say “woah, we got shots fired.”

If the audio is legit and hasn’t been edited, that makes it difficult to believe the original claims that there was a struggle. The timing doesn’t seem to allow for one.

In what will surely be a futile attempt to explain this concept for the [pick any large number] time to some people, nobody is claiming that Christian Taylor was innocent of any wrongdoing. He is clearly trespassing and clearly destroying private property. None of that means he should have been shot and killed. That is not how the criminal justice system is supposed to work. He should have been arrested and brought to trial.



Surveillance Video And Police Audio From Christian Taylor Incident Released

3 replies on “Surveillance Video And Police Audio From Christian Taylor Incident Released”


If we don’t know what happened inside the dealership where the shooting happened, then why have we come to the conclusion that it wasn’t justified?

Besides…Even if the truth is revealed and evidence shows the shooting was completely NOT justified, I would still not waste a speck of sympathy for this guy.

The vid shows pretty clear that society is better off without, so now we just need to determine whether the same is true of the cop.


Because he (Taylor) was not attempting to murder a police officer with a gun, thus deadly force was *clearly* unjustified. [/sarcasm]

Seriously though, noone knows what he was thinking when he decided to go for a joy…browse? but in my (untrained and amateur) opinion, noone in their right mind goes jumping on the windshield of a car at a dealership. Sure if it was your gf’s car and you caught her cheating, maybe, point is, who knows WHAT was going through his head and what he did inside the building.

Criminal activity or not, the guy didn’t deserve to be killed; another miscarriage of ‘justice’ and the police service in the ‘States.

It’s getting quite out of control; I shudder to think of what might happen if this shit continues. 🙁

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