Arlington chief fires officer who shot teen to death
ARLINGTON — Officer Brad Miller showed “poor judgment” when he decided to go into a car dealership showroom alone and without a plan to confront an erratic burglary suspect, Police Chief Will D. Johnson said Tuesday.
Citing the decision and “serious concerns” about whether Miller needed to fatally shoot the suspect, 19-year-old college football player Christian Taylor, Johnson announced at a news conference that he fired the rookie officer.
The firing came just four days after the shooting. Taylor’s death became the latest use-of-force incident between a white officer and an unarmed black suspect to draw national furor.
“This is an extraordinarily difficult case,” Johnson said. “Decisions were made that had catastrophic outcomes.” SOURCE
Let me make this perfectly clear because, you see, I don’t want anyone to misunderstand my words; Arlington Police Chief Will D. Johnson is, in MY opinion, a wuss and a coward, he has thrown Officer Brad Miller *under the bus* for his actions in the shooting in Arlington recently.
I have seen and read the *official* report from Chief Johnson and I do agree on some points, primarily that Officer Miller did engage in inappropriate practice when he more or less charged in to the building alone.
That, in and of itself is NOT a firing offense, it is a lapse in judgment, one made by an Officer in Training, a ROOKIE, it IS a disciplinary offense and I wouldn’t say one word if Officer Miller were given days off without pay, or had a letter placed in his file, given the worst possible shift to work in the worst possible area, whatever the case may be, but the firing of Officer Miller is, IN MY OPINION, an act of cowardice and what is known as CYA.
Cover Your Ass.
That is, again, in MY opinion, exactly what Chief Johnson is doing; he is not backing an Officer. The Officer has been fired before ANY full investigation has been completed and I am seriously wondering what the morale level of Arlington Officers is now that they know their Chief does NOT have their back.
Granted; as an OIT Miller could be fired at any time, for any reason, but to do so, almost as soon as the smoke cleared, was a serious display, in MY opinion, of a lack of leadership ability where the Chief is concerned.
Officer Miller was fired from the Arlington Police Department simply so the Department and Chief Johnson could show their degree of sympathy for the deceased, their solidarity with the neighborhoods, to present a *WE CARE* scene to everyone concerned and to avoid a Ferguson Moment at all costs.
The career of Officer Miller doesn’t seem to matter to Chief Johnson, Miller has now been served up as the sacrificial lamb.
To every Chief, Sheriff or Commissioner out there I say this; our Officers are under more mental strain at this point in time than I can remember over the last 40 years of my adult life. The strain of the job, even under perfect conditions, is always heavy.
Our Officers don’t need to have that strain exaggerated even more by wondering what the official reaction to their every move is going to be. Officers are going to become leery of doing the job they were hired to do if they have to constantly worry about *The Chief* not having their backs because the Chief is more concerned with the opinion of the public.
Right or wrong, Officer Miller deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt. Has innocent until proven guilty gone by the wayside?