The Car Did Not Back Up! – Police Chief Says He “Misspoke” On Jordan Edwards Killing
The Texas police department responsible for the death of teenager Jordan Edwards have changed a key detail in the fatal shooting. The BBC reports that unarmed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards died after an officer fired a rifle into a car that was driving away from a house party in the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs.
Police had initially said the car reversed “aggressively” towards the officer, but footage discredits that claim. Police Chief Jonathan Haber said he “misspoke”. The officer, who has not been identified, has been with the Balch Spring Police Department for six years.
He fired into a car full of teenagers as they left a party on Saturday night, Chief Haber said after reviewing the body-cam video. The car was actually driving forward – away from police – and not reversing toward them when the shots were fired, he explained.
“I was unintentionally incorrect yesterday when I said that the victim’s vehicle was backing down the road,” Mr Haber said on Monday. “In fact, according to the video that I viewed, the vehicle was moving forward as the officers approached.”