Unarmed 15-Year-Old Honor Student Killed By Texas Police
Police officers in Texas have killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy while firing into a car. According to WFAA, Balch Springs officers responded to a report of intoxicated teenagers on a residential street in the 12300 block of Baron Drive at 11 p.m. Saturday.
Neighbors said a large house party was underway at the time. Police say when officers arrived on the street, they heard gunfire and then a car filled with passengers backed towards them.
“There was an unknown altercation with the vehicle backing down the road towards the officers in an aggressive manner. An officer shot at the vehicle, striking a front seat passenger. The individual was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased,” according to a news release by Balch Springs police.
The department didn’t identify the officer involved, but it says he’s been placed on administrative leave. Police are not identifying the boy, but friends say he was 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled his death a homicide, due to a rifle wound to the head.
Many of his coaches and community members showed up at a news conference Sunday afternoon demanding answers from authorities and expressing frustration over a lack of information. “Great kid. Awesome parents. He was not a thug. This shouldn’t happen to him,” said Chris Cano, whose son played football with Edwards.
Mesquite ISD released a picture of Edwards Monday morning, along with the following statement:
“The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the death of Jordan Edwards. We offer our sincere condolences to Jordan’s family and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as we move forward expeditiously, with a commitment to justice and transparency.”
The NAACP said it will discuss concerns at its general meeting on Tuesday, and this statement was released by NAACP Dallas President Aubrey C. Hooper:
“I am deeply disturbed by the initial reporting of the events surrounding the police involved shooting death of Jordan Edwards. On behalf of the Dallas NAACP, I offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Edwards and remain in continued prayer for all of those involved and affected by his untimely death.
This death of a 15 year old honor student seems to be a tragedy that could have been avoided. I am extremely concerned at the policing practices that were utilized during this incident that seem excessive.”