Serena Williams has expressed her outrage and heartbreak over the shooting of college athlete, Christian Taylor. Taylor was shot and killed by officer Brad Miller this past Friday, August 7. Just two days shy of the 1 year anniversary of the Mike Brown shooting, Christian Taylor was another young Black male whose death was caused by a law enforcement official. Many celebrities have reached out and shown their support via the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag, and Serena was one of the first following the news of Christian Taylor's death.
Really??????!!!!!!!!!!? are we all sleeping and this is one gigantic bad nightmare? #ChristianTaylor how many hashtags now?— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) August 8, 2015
The shooting occurred during the morning of August 7th around 1:00 am. The police arrived to the Classic Buick GMC dealership in Arlington Texas after a call was made for a burglary attempt. When they found Taylor, his car had been driven through the front window of the dealership.
Officer Brad Miller had only been with the Arlington Police Force since last September, and had been training with a tenured, more experienced officer since graduating from the academy.
Christian Taylor was 19 years old and a student--a sophomore at Angelo State University. He was to continue playing football there in the fall. A recent tweet of his just days before his death has become recently popular due to the devastating irony of it.
I don't wanna die too younggggg — October 13th (@he_got_sneaks) July 31, 2015
Taylor also spoke out about police brutality on his social media and proclaimed that he didn't trust the police. Many of his family, friends, and school officials have reached out on social media to express the sorrow of their loss. His uncle, Clyde Fuller, says he was a "good kid" and didn't believe he was doing anything intentionally harmful.
Since the shooting last Friday, there has been official video released of Taylor at the dealership before police officials arrived and according to the AP, the FBI will now be involved with the case.