Another unarmed teenager has been gunned down by a trigger happy cop, leaving the community outraged over the incident.
This time, it was Jordan Edwards, a 15 year old high school honor roll freshman.
According to attorney S. Lee Merritt, legal counsel for Jordan’s family, the teen was leaving a party Saturday night with friends after hearing gunshots. He was struck by the officer’s bullet through the passenger-side window of the vehicle in which he was traveling, reported The Root.
An unarmed 15 y/o child died after being shot in the head by Balch Springs PD (TX). A cop shot muliple rounds into a car filled with teens.
— S. Lee Merritt (@MeritLaw) April 30, 2017
The Balch Springs (Texas) Police Department released a ridiculous statement where police claimed that the boys were “backing down the street toward officers in an aggressive manner.” Apparently this makes it OK in their minds to shoot and kill an unarmed kid for riding in a car.
From the Dallas Morning News:
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said officers heard gunshots as they were responding to a call of drunken teens about 11 p.m. in the 12300 block of Baron Drive.
During an altercation, the vehicle backed down the road toward officers “in an aggressive manner,” Haber said. An officer fired at the vehicle and struck a passenger, who was then transported to the hospital and pronounced dead, Balch Springs police said in a prepared statement.
Haber said he did not have any information about whether weapons were found in the vehicle.
The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department have taken over the criminal investigation.
According to Merritt, Jordan and his friends were not the allegedly intoxicated teens that police officers were allegedly called to get.
But that didn’t matter to the Balch Springs police officers, who clearly felt perfectly comfortable shooting into a car full of children. The four teens who survived the fatal encounter—including Jordan’s 16-year-old brother who, according to Merritt, was behind the wheel—were not charged.
“They were simply leaving a party where they believed danger was,” Merritt said. “So I can’t wrap my mind around why an officer decided to shoot into the car.
Jordan was an honor roll freshman at Mesquite High School. His family are demanding justice, including that the police officer who killed their child be fired.
Officers in Balch Springs claim they will conduct their own internal affairs investigation, but the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department will take the lead in investigating the officer-involved shooting.
The cop who shot the unarmed kid has not been identified by police.
The officer clearly shot and killed an unarmed kid who was posing no threat. He should be in jail instead of being protected by the police. This is a major injustice and people need to be outraged. This crime cannot go unpunished.
You can check out the Balch Springs PD here, or give them a call and let them know what you think about what their officer did, (972) 557-6000.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)