jordan-edwards

via Edwards family

Another unarmed Black person has been killed by a police officer. The latest incident occurred on April 29 in the Balch Springs community in Dallas, according to WFAA.

Apparently, neighbors in the community were upset over noise by teens who were at a house party. Police responded to the call about noise and said they heard gunshots when they arrived. The police also claimed that a car began to back down toward them. One officer pulled out a rifle and began firing at the car. A bullet struck Jordan Edwards in the head.

Edwards, 15, was rushed to the hospital, but he succumbed to his injury. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide.

Edwards’ family and friends said that he was an honor student who made straight A’s and a standout athlete. He never had disciplinary problems in school.

The unidentified police officer should be fired and charged with murder. The decision to shoot into a vehicle was reckless, irresponsible and proves that he or she does not deserve to carry a gun or a badge. Edwards should be alive today and be preparing to enjoy the summer before his junior year of high school. Instead, he’s now dead because of the actions of another police officer who didn’t deserve to be in that line of work.

Edwards’ family is asking for police to release dash-cam and body-cam videos of the incident. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber sent his condolences to Edwards’ family, but he failed to disclose if any officers would be arrested or charged in his death.

A.R. Shaw

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  • Oak510finest

    Let’s see how long before the white supremacist media begins to slander this child so as to justify their usual savagery.

    • SpiceGirl

      in 5.4.3.2….

      • Mason Youngblood

        ..no takers I guess..because even a white supremacist know this sh!t here aint right.

        • SpiceGirl

          truth!!

        • Guest

          You gotta give them a little more time. I’ve already heard complaints about the photo being outdated and that he doesn’t look that young. They’re probably scouring the net for photos of him sticking his middle finger up and smoking to justify the shooting of a “thug”.

  • Ronnie Bangé

    C’est pas vrai. Pauvre gosse.

  • nosey rosy

    this place is close to dallas only 45 min west of dallas , it interesting why balch spring police ddint address this issue, this is another trayvon martin , now they are targeting children , now will the goverment pass a law , that excessive force will not be tolerated , ,,, didnt this cop think for a min these kids could be out with friends and acting like bratts , but that never constitue murder

    • SrAgri

      “this is another trayvon martin”
      Really? Was Jordan Edwards beating up the officer when he or she shot him? This is nothing like Trayvon Martin. Martin was a thug and probably did contribute to his own death.

      Jordan Edwards seems like a good kid. He and his brother had the good sense to realize the party was getting out of hand and were trying to leave. Good for them. The officer who took a pot shot at vehicle backing away should be fired and prosecuted.

      Also, why were they using a rifle? A shotgun is much more appropriate for urban use.

    • Oak510finest

      Yes, I absolutely agree with you about this being another Trayvon or even another Tamir Rice. These race soldiers posing as cops and white supremacist salivate at the opportunity to attack “soft targets” such as children, women or older men. That is why you see the same pattern day after day, yr after yr, decade after decade.

      Also, keep in mind that tbe white supremacist have a natural lust for violence and blood. They enjoy murdering or torturing people, they get high off of it!!

      Remember the hundreds of photos of blacks being hung or burned alive during the 50’s and 60’s? Remember you would see hundreds of women, men and even children laughing and smiling and pointing at the hung and often times mutulated or burned corpse? They would even make post cards and other games out of these barberic scenes.

      If you recall, this same lust continued to this very day. You had people making games online about murdering Trayvon, even dressing up as him for Halloween. They were celebrating the slaughter of an innocent child by a possible racist pedophile.

      So, we really can’t be surprised by these white supremacist’s behavior. They are incapable of change. For example, you don’t expect a dog or cat from the 1950’s, 60’s to be different from the dogs of the 2000’s to today right??

      Of course not, the behavior is embedded in them just as it is in the white supremacist.