After a 15 year-old boy was shot and killed by a Balch Springs police officer over the weekend. The victim and four other teens heard gunshots at party they were attending and decided to get in a car and leave.
Initially, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber released a statement saying the car carrying the victim backed down a road toward officers in an aggressive way. An officer then proceeded to fire a shot at the car, which hit the 15-year-old passenger.
The 15 year-old passenger, Jordan Edwards, was shot in the head and taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Witnesses and other passengers in the car, refuted claims that they were driving aggressively towards police. Attorney Lee Merritt represents the victim’s family says, “They were simply leaving a party where they believed danger was. So I can’t wrap my mind around why an officer decided to shoot into the car.”
On Monday, the police chief in Balch Springs admitted that the car full of teens were driving away from the police when the an officer armed with a rifle shot Edwards in the head. After reviewing body cam footage from the officer, the police chief reversed his statement regarding the confrontation. The teens did not back down the street towards officers, but were fleeing the scene when the officer opened fire.
The Dallas County medical examiner’s report ruled the death a homicide caused by a “rifle wound” to the head.
Jordan Edwards was a freshman at Mesquite High School. Family and friends described him as a good kid who never got into trouble and had a GPA over 3.5.
The Mesquite Independent School District said Mr. Edwards “was a good student who was very well liked by his teachers, coaches and his fellow students.”
“The entire district — especially the staff and students of Mesquite High School — are mourning this terrible loss,” the district said.
The police chief’s willingness to admit a mistake took place and make take the appropriate actions to correct it is a good first step; however, this young man with a promising future deserves justice.
Let’s hold these officers accountable who fail to uphold their oath to protect serve.