15-year-old John Edwards of Batch Springs, Texas was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
Jordan, a popular football player, was killed shortly after leaving a party with a group of friends on Saturday night. The police said that officers were in the area responding to a 911 call complaining about drunken young people.
The first account given by police of the shooting said that an officer fired on the car carrying Jordan, because the car was reversing down a street toward the officer in an “aggressive manner.”…..
But Jonathan Haber, the police chief, said at a news conference on Monday afternoon that video showed the opposite.
He said the officer fired when the car was “moving forward as the officers approached.”
The Dallas County medical examiner’s report ruled the death a homicide caused by a “riffle wound” to the head.
Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Edward family, praised the police chief for his willingness to admit the department’s mistake and called the new account “a big deal.”
“There was no weapons involved; there was no aggressive behavior; these were not suspects,” Mr. 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.”……
The Mesquite Independent School District said Jordan “was a good student who was very liked by his teachers, coaches and his fellow students.”
Jordan had aspirations to play college football.
“He was excellent-3.5 G.P.A., never in trouble, no attendance issues,”
Coach Fleener said
“He was a kid that did everything right.”….