The Latest on athlete's death: Dozens demonstrate in protest

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Posted: Aug 10, 2015 9:46 PM
The Latest on athlete's death: Dozens demonstrate in protest

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The latest on the fatal shooting by police in Texas of unarmed college football player (all times CDT):

8:45 p.m.

About 35 demonstrators have gathered outside Arlington police headquarters to protest the police shooting of an unarmed black college football player by police investigating reported burglary at car dealership.

The group expressed anger Monday night as they chanted the names of unarmed black men who have been shot by police, including 19-year-old Christian Taylor.

There were no arrests during the demonstration.

Police say officers arriving to a burglary call found Taylor roaming inside the dealership's showroom early Friday morning. Police have said he refused to surrender and then tried to escape.

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8:15 p.m.

Arlington police say they are aware of the FBI's decision not to join the investigation of a North Texas police officer's shooting of an unarmed teenage burglary suspect by police gunfire.

Spokeswoman Tiara Richard said Monday that Arlington police had no comment on the FBI's decision. Richard said the police department would still be conducting the investigation as it would have.

FBI Dallas spokeswoman Allison Mahan said the agency "has full confidence in the ability" of Arlington police and local prosecutors to investigate what happened in the Friday death of 19-year-old Christian Taylor.

A local police officer who was undergoing field training shot four times at Taylor, hitting him at least twice, during a burglary call at a local car dealership.

Mahan said the FBI would likely join the case "if in the course of the investigation, information comes to light of a potential civil rights violation."

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7:45 p.m.

The mayor of the North Texas city where police shot dead an unarmed black teen while answering a burglary call says it's vital that the teen's family, the community and members of the police force have confidence in the investigation.

In a "Community Letter About Shooting of Christian Taylor" posted Monday on the city website, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams promised transparency in the investigation of Taylor's shooting early Friday at an Arlington car dealership.

The freshman mayor acknowledged that "the racial dynamics of police incidents around the country have driven a wedge between community groups." He said he doesn't want that to happen in the Dallas suburb.

He also promised that "if it is found that the law or police procedures were not followed, people will be held accountable."

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6:30 p.m.

The FBI says it will not join the investigation of a North Texas police officer's shooting of an unarmed teenage burglary suspect by police gunfire.

FBI Dallas spokeswoman Allison Mahan said Monday that the agency "has full confidence in the ability" of Arlington police and local prosecutors to investigate what happened in the Friday death of 19-year-old Christian Taylor.

A local police officer who was undergoing field training shot four times at Taylor, hitting him at least twice, during a burglary call at a local car dealership.

The case has received national attention because Taylor is black and the officer, Brad Miller, is white.

Mahan said the FBI would likely join the case "if in the course of the investigation, information comes to light of a potential civil rights violation."

Arlington police did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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4:25 p.m.

Arlington police continue to be sparing with details on a confrontation at a car dealership that led to an unarmed teenage burglary suspect's death by police gunfire.

Arlington police Lt. Christopher Cook said the department can't yet offer details on the confrontation between 19-year-old Christian Taylor and a police trainee because investigators haven't completed all of their interviews. He said when the interviews are completed, details will be disclosed to the public at a news conference.

Cook also said that they are in contact with the family of the Angelo State sophomore football player, who was killed early Friday by officers answering a burglary call.

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3:30 p.m.

The brother of a Texas college football player fatally shot by a police officer says he's not angry at police but does think they could have handled the confrontation differently.

Christian Taylor, who was unarmed, was fatally shot early Friday morning after police responded to a burglary call at a car dealership in the Dallas suburb of Arlington. Security footage shows the 19-year-old breaking into a car in the lot and then crashing his own vehicle into the glass showroom. Police have said he refused to surrender and then tried to escape before the officer shot him.

Joshua Taylor insists his brother "wouldn't attack any officer or anybody in authority." He says it's never OK to harm an unarmed person.

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3 p.m.

A newly released recording of radio traffic shows more than two minutes elapsed between the time police officers spotted an unarmed suspected burglar at an Arlington car dealership and the moment a police officer fatally shot him.

The Arlington Police Department says it posted the 16-minute audio Monday on YouTube to counter an audio posted by an online blog that a department statement says "grossly misrepresents the facts and makes a false claim that Mr. Christian Taylor was shot in less than 1 second after APD Officers made contact with him."

The police statement says the recording posted on the blog "relied upon and published was not official audio provided by the department and had segments of time removed." The statement says the official recording details the event sequence "in real-time with no segments of time removed."

Police say Taylor was shot dead in an altercation with a police trainee about 1 a.m. Friday.

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1:41 p.m.

Security footage taken before a Texas college football player was fatally shot by a police officer shows the 19-year-old breaking into a car and later crashing his own vehicle into the glass showroom.

Arlington police say officers arriving to a burglary call found Christian Taylor roaming inside the dealership's showroom early Friday morning. Police have said he refused to surrender and then tried to escape.

The car dealership, which released the footage Monday to The Associated Press, said it had no footage of the showroom.

The footage from the lot showed Taylor parking outside a gate and walking onto the lot. After breaking out the windshield of a vehicle on the lot, he returns to his own vehicle, driving it through the gate and then into the glass showroom.