R.I.P Jordan Edwards

Posted: May 2, 2017 in for your reflection, We remember

Jordan Edwards

Jordan Edwards

From Afro Punk

In their first statement following Jordan Edwards’ death, the 15-year-old’s family called him a “loving child with a humble and sharing spirit.”

The statement also said he had an indescribably strong bond with his family, especially his siblings. The family said his brothers witnessed Jordan’s death.

“Not only have Jordan’s brothers lost their best friend; they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless, murder,” the statement reads. “Their young lives will forever be altered. No one, let alone young children, should witness such horrific, unexplainable, violence.”

The family asked the public to refrain from protests and marches in Jordan’s name as they prepare for his funeral. “We do not support nor do we condone any violence or threats made against the Balch Springs Police Department or any other law enforcement agencies.”

“What we desire only second to having our beloved Jordan back, is JUSTICE FOR JORDAN,” the statement reads.

Politicians have also been speaking out about Jordan’s death.

“Unfortunately, the more things change the more they remain the same,” Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price told reporters Tuesday after a commissioners court meeting.

“But for video — it’s not as though it’s a new phenomenon —  but for video of an individual fleeing and getting shot in the back — but for video — it speaks for itself.”

He said he was not surprised the officer’s account conflicted with the video.

“Usually they always do. But the video — it’s not new. It doesn’t make a difference whether it was in Louisiana, the Carolinas, in Texas; it’s the same. What’s changed? We’ve said that for years.”

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson said in a statement Monday that she was deeply saddened about the police shooting and had spoken with Jordan’s family.

“I have also spoken with Dallas County Sheriff, Lupe Valdez and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson regarding this terrible tragedy. Both Sheriff Valdez and District Attorney Faith Johnson assured me their offices are conducting fair, independent and thorough investigations. I will remain in contact with each as the details of their respective investigations unfold.

“It is imperative that we aggressively pursue these two separate investigations to preserve the trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”

Original story:

he 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. They 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.

Jordan was a straight-A student and a standout athlete, who was beloved by his schoolmates, Merritt said at a news conference Monday afternoon. The boy’s parents, Charmaine and Odell Edwards, sat silently next to the attorney, occasionally wiping their eyes with tissues. They declined to talk about their son or the shooting.

“We’ve heard excuses before in the past: You know why it happens, because the dads aren’t present. That excuse isn’t here,” Merritt said. “Or the kid was violent. That excuse isn’t present here.


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