At first, Texas cops claimed they shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards because he was in a car driving in an “aggressive manner” towards an officer.
But Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber has since said the car was driving away from officers before the cop fired, killing the teen who was riding passenger in a car driven by his brother.
Haber said this after viewing the body cam footage that still has not been made public but it might not be long considering how frank the chief is being on its content.
Edwards’ brother said he did not realize his little brother had been shot until after seeing smoke coming out of his head about a block away.
That was when he pulled over and asked police for help, apparently thinking somebody other than police shot his brother.
After all, both police and the teens say they heard gunshots prior to Edwards being shot and killed, but they could have just been firecrackers because police did not make a single weapons arrest that night.
But the sound of gunshots is what prompted, along with his brother and three other teens, to leave the house party where somebody had called police to report on drunk teens walking the streets.
Police were inside the house when the sounds of gunshots shattered the night.
Even if somebody was discharging a firearm, it had nothing to do with the teens in the car, who were not arrested for being under the influence.
Even the chief is saying the shooting was unjustified.
According to the Dallas Morning News:
Balch Springs’ police chief admitted Monday that a car was driving away from police when an officer fired into it with a rifle and fatally shot a 15-year-old boy in the head.
After reviewing body cam footage, Police Chief Jonathan Haber said the teen behind the wheel Saturday night at first backed down the street and then said the car drove away from the officers.
“It did not meet our core values,” Haber said of his officer’s actions.
Haber had initially said the car was driving backwards toward the officers. The officers had been inside a house where they found a large party. The ran outside after hearing gunshots around 11 p.m. Saturday in the 12300 block of Baron Drive.
They have not released the name of the officer who sounds like he needs to be criminally charged.