jordan edwards

Balch Springs, TX — On Saturday night, 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was murdered by a Balch Springs police officer, as a car, in which he was a passenger, drove away from a party. Immediately after police killed him, the chief parrotted his officer’s false claim of fearing for his life as the vehicle drove ‘aggressively toward him.’

On Monday afternoon, however, after watching the body camera footage, the chief realized he’d spread a lie. So, he did the right thing and told the public the truth — the car was not a threat and was driving away.

Police Chief Jonathan Haber admitted on Monday that the car full of innocent teenagers was driving away from the officer when he raised his AR-15 and shot Jordan Edwards in the head.

“It did not meet our core values,” Haber said of the officer’s actions.

Based on the extensive reporting the Free Thought Project has done on officers shooting into vehicles, we predicted the original story would probably not be backed up by the body camera footage, yesterday. 

According to Balch Springs police department’s original report, they were responding to a party at which underage drinking was allegedly taking place. Police claimed there were reports of intoxicated teenagers moving along the 12300 block of Baron Drive around 11 p.m. Saturday night.

However, as we’ve now learned, the people who called the police over the party did not know if there was any drinking. Also, when the initial officer entered the house party, they found no evidence of drinking.

As the Dallas News reports: 

Neighbors said there were about 100 teens at the party Saturday night. Dora Daniels, who lives on Baron Drive, said the partygoers were blocking people’s driveways and that her son called police to ask them to check out the party because of possible underage drinking.

 

Daniels said she wasn’t sure whether there was alcohol at the party.

 

When the first officer arrived, kids began to scatter “like ants,” Daniels said. A second officer arrived soon after.

 

Lisa Roberson, who was out of town when her son threw the party without her approval, said a male officer came into the house to talk to her son and to tell partygoers to leave. Roberson said her son told her there was no drinking in the house.

As the kids scattered, neighbors reported hearing three or four shots from what sounded like a pistol or small gun. They then described another two or three shots that sounded like they came from a large gun, possibly a rifle. These were the fatal shots that killed Jordan Edwards.

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All the typical smearing and victim shaming of the victim — usually carried out by the department in cases like this one — are ineffective in this tragic case as Jordan was a model kid, athlete, and a straight A student.

“We’ve heard excuses before in the past: You know why it happens, because the dads aren’t present. That excuse isn’t here,” the family’s attorney, Lee Merritt said. “Or the kid was violent. That excuse isn’t present here.”

“Great kid.  Awesome parents.  He was not a thug.  This shouldn’t happen to him,” said Chris Cano, whose son played football with Edwards.

A longtime family friend, Robbin McDonald, told KDFW-TV that Jordan “was a straight A student, I can tell you he was always smiling. I can tell you he was a very, very brilliant and humble and very sweet kid.”

His former football coach, Kim Hickman, told KXAS-TV, “I’m hurt devastated, I mean, I love that kid it hit home, when I heard it, it hit home, it’s sad.”

“The best thing in the world or the worst thing in the world would happen, and he’d smile, and everything would be OK,” the coach said. “You create a checklist of everything you would want in a player, a son, a teammate, a friend, and Jordan had all that. He was that kid.”

While the Dallas County Sheriff’s office has noted they are conducting an investigation, they’ve yet to release any information. We only know that Jordan’s death has been ruled a homicide. As of Tuesday, the DCSO has only released a single statement.

“The investigation will take time and we ask for patience as our investigators diligently work to complete this task,” the statement said.

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Jordan Edwards parents want more, however. During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Charmaine and Odell Edwards sat there looking down occasionally breaking out in tears. They are asking for the officer — who has yet to even be named — to be arrested and charged. However, this has yet to happen and the officer is currently on paid administrative leave.

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • The Cat’s Vagina

    The fuck was he doing with an AR-15? That’s an assault rifle that’s supposed to be used by SWAT teams, not by cops for breaking up rowdy parties!

    • Zackknowitall

      One of two things happened to cause his racist ass to bring out an AR15. The caller mentioned the kids were black or as soon as he seen them he feared for his life.

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        That’s rather beside the point. A beat cop going out to investigate a noisy party shouldn’t even HAVE an AR-15 to “bring out.” Assault rifles are meant for SWAT teams, not Officer Fucking Friendly.

        • IceTrey

          They started equiping patrol cars with them after the West Hollywood bank shootout.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            That doesn’t explain why they have them out for a teenage party. It wouldn’t surprise me if the initial shots they heard came from another cop!

          • WeAreYourGods

            The carbine rifles replaced the shotguns in a lot if not most squad cars that had shotguns before. Why they felt the need to take the rifle out of the car…? Probably for the intimidation factor with a large crowd of young kids present. Shooting into a vehicle full of party-goers while moving away is a pure act of willful manslaughter/murder.

          • William Keen

            The cops can’t kill easily when someone is running away if all that they have is a shotgun!

            The cops really need to REACH OUT AND TOUCH SOMEONE!

        • Zackknowitall

          That’s my point that he didn’t have any reason for the AR15 but for racism.

    • William Keen

      The AR-15 is NOT an “assault rifle”! It is not designed to fire in the AUTOMATIC mode. The military M-16 fires in AUTOMATIC mode.

      Ignorance reigns.

      I agree that having a rifle at a teen party is OUTRAGEOUS! Having a pistol out after finding no alcohol and no violence from the teens is also OUTRAGEOUS.

      This is another example of COPS GONE WILD!

      IT is way past time for the PEOPLE to take our government back and start holding public servants accountable OURSELVES!

      • Mr. Wrestling III

        I own an AR-15 and it most certainly is an assault rifle. Full auto isn’t required for a rifle to be considered an assault rifle. Full auto is useless anyway. Have you ever fired a full auto machine gun? Good luck hitting anything with the gun bouncing around. The only thing full auto is good for is wasting ammo.

        • WeAreYourGods

          Yep, full auto is for suppressive fire, or Hollywood.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          …and also warping your barrel when you don’t have sense enough to let it cool between bursts.

      • WeAreYourGods

        Yeah so for people who own guns, an AR is clearly known to be any AR-15 variant regardless of trigger group. There’s no stigma calling them AR’s, so it’s not about ignorance when it comes to that.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          They’re called “assault rifles” because they weren’t made for hunting!

          • WeAreYourGods

            Well, you can hunt with one if you want to lol. AR’s with heavy barrels are often called varmint guns. It’s not like a bolt action single shot rifle favored by hunters isn’t also used in war as a sniper rifle. Ex:Remington 700

      • Zackknowitall

        First off the term assault rifle has nothing to do with the function of the gun other than it being semi-auto. An assult rife refers to any semi-auto that has more than two of following bayonet lug, pistol grip, folding stock, forward pistol grip, flash suppressor.

        With the assult weapon ban any more than 2 would make it an assult weapon. After the ban you can have all of them and it’s legal. It don’t change the function of the gun.

  • Gordon Klock

    Almost as if the officer arrived upon the scene, with the intent, to shoot someone regardless, & invent a ‘fear’ based, ‘reason’ later……

    • WeAreYourGods

      S.N.A.F.U.

  • Liz O’neill

    another dead child, murdered by a cop who decided to escalate a non violent situation to one of deadly violence, the usual ” I was in fear of my life ” lie, and a cop gets a paid holiday. where are the police apologists now, how are the going to blame this on a child who was BLAMELESS. and I wouldn’t bet any money on the cop actually being found guilty of any wrong doing, when the cops investigate themselves, its never a good outcome for the victim or their family.

  • Glenn Shiloh

    Animals with badges!

  • Wreckless Ron

    if the was afraid he is a cownard!

  • Sillywilly

    If you try and run…whether on foot or in a car the po po will fire on you. Murder in the 1st… as he had the weapon drawn and any instructor will tell you…don’t draw/shoulder your weapon unless you “plan” on killing something.

  • Ibcamn

    only time cops feel like real men is when they kill women and children,pathetic excuses for humans…..cops are criminals,open your eyes people,wake the fuck up….

  • Little_Caesar

    One sure way to stop this senseless violence against citizens is for cities to stop insuring them. Make police , or their unions create insurance liability policies for them. This will firstly eliminate the public having to pay for their mistakes, and secondly guarantee that they will act in a much more discreet manner.

  • Mother Earth

    What a gutless act, most American cops aren’t happy unless they are beating or killing someone somewhere. The administration behind these loose killers are as much to blame.