Throughout the Christian Taylor incident, I have always maintained that, the result was the consequence of many bad decisions throughout the evening. These decisions rest on both sides, subsequently causing the ultimate tragedy. From the Toxicology Report we know that Mr. Taylor ingested marijuana, #1, then ingested 25I or “NBOMe” #2. Mr. Taylor got in a car and drove to the dealership, #3. This impaired state endangered every person on the road. After arriving at the dealership he demonstrated destructive behavior, as caught on video, #4. He then drove his car through the locked and chained front gate and the glass doors of the dealership showroom, #5 & 6. When confronted by police officers he failed to respond appropriately and advanced toward them, #7. As a police officer on probation, Officer Miller decided, by himself, to proceed into the dealership alone, without his training officer present #8. Evaluating the situation, Officer Miller decided deadly force was needed and deployed his service weapon #9.
As you can plainly see, there is a litany of decisions that were made resulting in the taking of a young man’s life. It should serve as an example to us all, that the decisions that we make as individuals affect others. Our actions have consequences, and those consequences are our responsibility. These two young men dealt with each other’s poor decisions resulting in fatal consequences that ripped up our community and rippled through this nation. As I look back on this incident, I see the first incident of proper judgment came from our Police Chief. It is my belief, and only my belief, that Officer Miller was not malicious or reckless, nor had a pre-conceived notion to do harm, so I would hope that the Grand Jury will let Mr. Miller go without prosecution.