Police account changes in killing of Jordan Edwards
On Sunday, the Police Department in Balch Springs, Texas, admitted that the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards did not occur as police originally reported it.
The officer who shot Edwards, whose identity has not yet been released, originally said that the decision to fire into the car was prompted by the car Edwards was in reversing toward the officer in an “aggressive manner.”
However, Chief Jonathan Haber said in a press conference on Monday that video footage showed that the opposite was true and that the car was “moving forward as the officers approached,” and the officer fired into it.
Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Edwards family, called Haber’s statement a “big deal” as it showed that the police were willing to admit the mistake in the department’s account of the incident and said that it was “a hopeful sign” for a transparent investigation.
“There were no weapons involved; there was no aggressive behavior; these were not suspects,” Merritt said. “The lone motive they had for the murder was that the vehicle was being used as a weapon, and now that is no longer there.”
However, he added that the department should still do more, saying, “They have a dead child, they have the identity of the shooter, and they have no explanation for the shooting. They have more than sufficient probable cause to make an arrest.”