Texas police change account of death in Jordan Edwards shooting
Jordan Edwards, a straight A high school freshman and stand out athlete, was shot in the back of the head by police on Saturday evening
Edwards, 15, died after an officer fired a rifle into a car that was driving away from a house party in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs
Footage discredits police account of events
Contradicts initial police claim that the car reversed “aggressively” towards the officer
Police Chief Jonathan Haber says he “misspoke”
Public call for arrest of yet to be named 6-year veteran officer, unheeded by Balch Springs police dept
Jordan’s death has been officially ruled a homicide
Straight A student Jordan Edwards shot in the back of the head by police at age 15, leaving a party
15-year-old Jordan was remembered as “a checklist of everything you would want in a player, a son, a teammate, a friend”
The police department in Balch Springs, Texas police, Monday changed a key detail in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, amid mounting calls for the officer involved to be arrested.
Jordan Edwards, 15, died after an officer fired a rifle into a car that was driving away from a house party in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs, on Saturday evening
Police initially said the car reversed “aggressively” towards the officer, but footage discredits that claim.
Police Chief Jonathan Haber today claimed he “misspoke”, when stating the alternative facts
Although the officer has not been identified, he reportedly has been with the Balch Spring Police Department for six years.
Texas police officer shoots into car full of unarmed teen boys fleeing trouble at a raucous house party, kills 15-year-old high school freshman, Jordan Edwards
After reviewing the body-cam video Chief Haber said, it was determined that the officer fired into a car full of teenagers as they left a party on Saturday night.
Contrary to the earlier report, the car was actually driving forward – away from police – and not reversing ‘aggressively’ toward them when the shots were fired, he explained.
“I was unintentionally incorrect yesterday when I said that the victim’s vehicle was backing down the road,” Mr Haber said on Monday.
“In fact, according to the video that I viewed, the vehicle was moving forward as the officers approached.”
Jordan Edwards was not armed nor had he been drinking when he was shot in the back of the head as he left the party to avoid trouble on Saturday
The officer’s behaviour “did not meet our core values”, the police chief said, adding that he has been placed on administrative leave.
Jordan, who was in the front passenger seat, died after being shot in the back of the head.
His 16-year-old brother and three friends were detained at the scene and taken to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, where they were interviewed as witnesses.
Jordan’s cause of death has been ruled a homicide, however, that does not necessarily mean charges will be filed against the officer.
Charmaine andOrdell edwards grieves as it appears no one is yet accountable for the death of their teenage son. [Photo] the distraught parents silently wept as their lawyers called for the shooter’s arrest
Edwards’ lawyer, lee Merrit: “America throughout the country must figure out a way to police its citizens without killing them”
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office are conducting a criminal investigation.
The incident occurred on Saturday night when police responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party where around 100 kids had gathered, neighbours said.
Officers were inside the home trying to find the owner when they heard outside what they believed to be gunshots, causing panic at the home as people fled.
After going outside, the police officer fired several shots which killed Jordan, a first-year American football player at Mesquite High School.
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His football coach, at Mesquite High School, Jeff Fleener, told the Dallas Morning News that he was “crushed and heartbroken” to learn that Jordan had been killed.
“You create a checklist of everything you would want in a player, a son, a teammate, a friend, and Jordan had all that. He was that kid,” he said. ‘Jordan was a good kid who never got into trouble and had a GPA over 3.5.’
A vigil was held at the school on Monday evening, and the school district said they are “mourning this terrible loss”.
Lee Merritt, lawyer for Jordan’s family, demanded the officer’s arrest on Monday.
“We are declaring war on bad policing,” he said as Jordan’s parents sat silently beside him, wiping their eyes with tissues and gazing downwards.
“America throughout the country must figure out a way to police its citizens without killing them,” he continued.