Jordan Edwards Killed By Dallas Police
Texas police are now changing their story about the events that led up to the police-involved shooting death of 15-year-old honor student Jordan Edwards on Saturday (April 29).
Jordan was in a car full of teens when an officer shot him in the head with a rifle.
The initial report claimed the car was driving in reverse towards the officer “in an aggressive manner” leaving him no option but to use deadly force.
However, new evidence shows the car was actually driving away from the officer when he opened fire killing Jordan.
Via Dallas News:
The police chief in Balch Springs admitted Monday that a car full of teens was driving away from police when an officer armed with a rifle fatally shot a 15-year-old boy in the head.
After reviewing body-cam footage, Police Chief Jonathan Haber reversed his initial account about Saturday’s deadly confrontation, saying the teen behind the wheel Saturday night at first backed down the street but was fleeing the scene when the officer opened fire.
“It did not meet our core values,” Haber said of his officer’s actions.
Haber had initially said the car was driving backward when Jordan Edwards was shot. The officers had been inside a house where they found a large party. The ran outside after hearing gunshots around 11 p.m. Saturday in the 12300 block of Baron Drive.
Jordan, a freshman at Mesquite High School, was leaving the party over the weekend when the officer shot him through the passenger’s side window.
The medical examiner’s office said Jordan was killed with a rifle and also ruled his death a homicide, though that doesn’t necessarily mean charges will be filed.
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and the district attorney’s public-integrity unit are investigating the shooting.
Attorney Lee Merritt, who represents Jordan’s family, said Jordan and four other teens heard gunshots and decided to get in a car and leave the party. He said the teens heard someone cursing and then three shots were fired into the car.
The officer, who has not been named, has been placed on administrative leave. No officers were injured.
The teen’s parents are asking for the officer to be arrested and charged, Merritt said. He said Jordan and the others in the vehicle were not the teens whom police had initially been called about and had not been drinking. He said they did not face charges.
That murderer needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Not only did he take child’s life…he lied in doing so.