#JordanEdwards Killing Shows All the Signs of a Huge Mistake by Police

#JordanEdwards Killing Shows All the Signs of a Huge Mistake by Police

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The story of the police shooting og Jordan Edwards has all the signs of trouble for a local police department in Texas:

  1. The story as originally told completely changed 24 hours later
  2. The police officer who shot and killed Edwards has been fired.
  3. There is body camera footage the police chief says he has seen but it hasn’t been released publicly and there would appear to be no plan to.

Sound familiar?

A member of the police department in Balch Springs, Texas Jordan Edwards as a car he was in the passenger seat in was said to be moving away from the scene of a house party.  Edwards, 15, was reportedly shot with a AR-15 rifle. The shooting took place on the night of Saturday, April 29.

“The officer, Roy Oliver, “violated several departmental policies,” police told reporters without offering details because the officer has a right to appeal,” read a report in CNN on May 2.

It’s likely that the Edwards case will become a national story.  The family has asked that protests be held off until after Edwards’ funeral.  

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Lauren Victoria Burke is a writer, comms strategist and political analyst. She created Crewof42 in 2009. The blog focuses on African American members of Congress and Black political power regardless of party. Ms. Burke also writes for NBC BLK, The Root, NNPA and is the Managing Editor of Politic365. As part of a diverse career in politics and media, she has also served as a congressional staffer for the U.S. Senate Democratic Policy Committee, Communications Director for U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) and Director of Communications for Justin Fairfax of Lt. Governor of Virginia. She appears each Monday on weekly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin on TVOne. Ms. Burke holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Email: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke.

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