Jordan Edwards and Police Officers Who Lie With Impunity
David French recounts the horrible Jordan Edwards story out of Balch Springs, Texas. Based on the available evidence (always an important caveat), it began like countless stories in suburban America.
A mom left town, and her son did what kids tend to do — he threw a party. The party got loud, and the neighbors called the police. When the party-goers learned that the police were on the way, they did what teens do. They scattered. Sounds normal, right? But in this case, there was a deadly, horrific twist. As the party broke up, gunshots rang out. Fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards (Jordan is black) got into a car with his brother and three other kids; they backed out of their parking spot and started to leave the party. None of them had been drinking. There were no weapons in the car. At that moment, they heard cursing, there were more shots, and Jordan was shot in the head, straight through the passenger window. Witnesses said that his “forehead was smoking.” The shots came from the police.
The story gets worse. Initially the police reported that officers fired on the car after it backed towards them in an “aggressive manner.” Then they watched the body-camera footage, and the account changed. The car was actually driving away from police when the shooting started. Now the police chief says that he doesn’t believe the shooting met the department’s “core values.”
Jordan Edwards Was Another Case Of Shoot First, Ask Questions Later
This seems to be the new protocol for the cops. The situation was presented as a complaint. Not a fight. No guns being fired. No destroying property. Nothing that would warrant a violent police response. Maybe if the caller said, ‘drunken white people,” the outcome would have been different and the responding officers would have taken a measured approach to addressing the situation.
Police officers should be held to a much higher standard. They are the only members of our communities that we empower to use deadly force and that should come with exceptional constraints and oversight. Even the slightest indication that they do not show the judgment or temperament to wisely carry that responsibility and it should be immediately removed and never returned to them.
Also, the standard for using deadly force should be much higher. “They’re getting away” shouldn’t meet that standard. Running from the cops should never mean that the cops therefore get to kill you.
Finally, once again, we have an apparent attempt at a cover-up by both the reporting officer and his fellow officers – one that has already been outed and will, likely, result in a conspiracy charge on top of any related to the actual homicide. It’s also proof of a guilty state of mind on the part of all the officers involved. A dismissal from the job is not enough. These officers must be arrested and charged in the death of Jordan Edwards.