The police unit that was responsible for the shooting death of Jordan Edwards apparently has a history of racist violence against Black citizens. Days after Edwards was killed by a White police officer, Roy Oliver, who lied about him being threat, a video emerged of another White police officer tasering a Black man in handcuffs.
The incident occurred in Balch Springs, Texas in April 2016 according to Fox 4 in Dallas. Balch Springs Police officers were answering a call about a Black man roaming a neighborhood with a gun. When police arrived, the Black man, Marco Stephenson, dropped the gun, which was a toy BB gun. Stephenson put his hands on top of his head and police handcuffed him. The police cut the straps of his book bag. One officer told Stephenson, “Don’t pull away!” Stephenson replied “Yes sir.” Moments later Stephenson was tasered by one of the White police officers.
The Balch Springs Police Chief, Jonathan Haber, told reporters that police, “did the right thing.” The officer who tasered Stephenson was reprimanded and only forced to take classes. He was not arrested and continues to be employed by the police force.
The video reveals how police officers across the nation are allowed to get away with crimes against Black citizens without repercussions. Although the Justice Department will investigate the killing of Edwards, but there could possibly be more issues if Jeff Sessions has his way. The head of the Justice Department has said that he would back off from policing the police.
Kobe Bryant recently gifted Edwards’ brother with an autograph jersey and sent his condolences to his family.