High School Freshman Fatally Shot by Dallas Police Officer – Marks 385th Death by Police in 2017
What does 15-year-old Jordan Edwards have in common with Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown? They were all killed by police or while in police custody. According to the website www.killedbypolice.net Mr. Jordan Edwards was the 385th person in the year 2017 that has been killed by police or in police custody and honestly, I am disturbed by this number.
Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by police in a Dallas suburb when he was shot in the head with a rifle reported the Dallas News. Police Chief John Haber said in a statement:
On behalf of the entire Balch Springs Police Department and the city of Balch Springs we express our sincere condolences with the family. I have reached out and personally met and spoken with the parents and expressed my condolences as well.
And the add insult to injury the medical examiners office ruled his death a homicide.
After retracting their first statement, Haber said that he initially 'misspoke'. In The Washington Post he said:
The officers who are not being named are on administrative leave while they are conducting their own investigation, but honestly I believe this is the same song and dance routine they are going to play for us to babysit us and cater to our feelings until they come back and say they find no fault and Jordan Edwards death was justifiable. Let me make this perfectly clear, I have the utmost respect for the law and law enforcement officers. I have family and friends who wear that shield and I pray for their safety daily.
I unintentionally (was) incorrect when I said the vehicle was backing down the road … in fact I can tell you that I do have questions in relation to my observation (of) the video,” Haber said. “After reviewing the video, I don’t believe that (the shooting) met our core values.
However, I get very frustrated when any unarmed black man or woman gets gunned down all because the officer felt like their lives were in danger, only to go on admin leave, get cleared of all charges and go back to their regular lives while a family mourns the death of a family member being a casualty of scared police officers. We desperately need to bridge the gap between the fear of black men and police officers and the fear of police officers and black men. Being a black man myself I can relate to having flashing lights behind me while I'm in my car and the only thing I'm thinking about it is making it home safe to my family. There needs to be retraining of how to defuse a minor incident to where everybody get to go home instead of being shot down by a trigger happy cop and we need to do that immediately!!!!!
May God bless the family of Jordan Edwards..... #BlackLivesMatter