A Texas city will pay $850,000 to the family of an unarmed black college football player who was shot and killed by a white police officer responding to an August 2015 burglary call at a car dealership.
An Arlington City Council report obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram indicates the payment will settle a claim filed by the family of 19-year-old Christian Taylor.
Taylor was seen in security footage vandalizing cars at the dealership and then crashing a car into the showroom.
He was shot by rookie officer Brad Miller, who claimed Taylor was advancing toward him.
Police Chief Will Johnson fired Miller days later, saying he used poor judgment.
A grand jury last June declined to indict Miller.
Taylor played football at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.
An autopsy report found that Taylor had used a synthetic psychedelic drug and marijuana prior to the deadly confrontation at the car dealership.
Surveillance footage from the car dealership shows Taylor breaking into the complex at night, and proceeding to vandalize cars parked in the lot.
He is then seen going back to his car, driving it through the metal gate and crashing into the glass showroom.
That’s when police, including Miller, arrive on the scene to investigate.
There was no video footage of what happened inside the showroom, but Miller reportedly ordered Taylor to the ground.
Miller says that instead of complying, Taylor cursed at him and advanced on him, causing the officer to start firing shots from about 10 feet away.
The report released Wednesday shows there was THC, one of the active components of marijuana, and two synthetic drugs that causes hallucinations in Taylor’s system.
The synthetic drugs found in Taylor’s system, 25h-NBOMe and 25i-NBOMe, are both slight variations of a synthetic compound referred to as N-Bomb.
The US Drug Enforcement Agency describes N-Bomb as a powerful hallucinogen that mimics the effects of LSD.
‘These substances have been encountered as powders, liquid solutions, laced on edible items, and soaked into blotter papers,’ the DEA wrote in 2013.
That was the year that the DEA decided to add 25i to a list of controlled substances, though 25h appears not to have been criminalized. Compounds such as N-bomb are usually purchased online, and manufactured in China.
N-Bomb has led to several incidents and deadly overdoses across the country in recent years.
The autopsy also shows that Taylor was shot four times, in the neck, torso and abdomen.
The six-foot-tall 19-year-old attended Angelo State University in San Angelo in West Texas, where he was to start his sophomore year on the team.