Release Footage of Police Allegedly Shooting an Unarmed Teen

Target: Jonathan Haber, Chief of the Balch Springs Police Department

Goal: Release video captured of cop shooting at a vehicle of unarmed teenagers.

A Texas police officer allegedly shot into a vehicle and killed a 15-year-old boy who was leaving a house party and then reportedly lied about the incident. The cop, whose identity has yet to be released, originally claimed that the vehicle was reversing toward him violently, but the Balch Springs Police Chief later stated that video footage shows the officer shooting as the vehicle pulls away. The unnamed officer claimed he misspoke and was put on administrative duty, meaning he is still being paid but not patrolling the streets.

Jordan Edwards was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after being struck in the head by a bullet. His friends were in the vehicle with him, and the driver pulled over immediately to flag down medical aid. Officers claim they heard gun shots while at the property before they saw the vehicle start to leave. They allegedly yelled at the teens in the vehicle to stop, and then one fired at the front passenger door, where Edwards was sitting, when those commands were not met.

In addition to video footage from that night, the name of the officer who shot Edwards should be released immediately. According to what Police Chief Jonathan Haber said of the video, he had no reason to think the people in the vehicle were armed or trying to harm him.

Balch Springs is a suburb outside Dallas, where residents are already enraged by unnecessary police brutality on black citizens. Denying Edwards justice will not only fuel the anger in Texas, it will progress outrage toward police across America. Please sign this petition to demand that Haber release the name of the man who shot Edwards as well as complete footage and audio from the incident.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Haber,

I am writing to ask that you release video footage and audio from the night Jordan Edwards was shot by one of your officers. As this officer has already lied about what allegedly transpired, it is only right that you allow the public to see what actually occurred.

Edwards did not deserve the fate your officer allegedly inflicted upon him. He and his family deserve justice, and that means the officer that shot him should be tried for this crime. I ask that, in addition to releasing video footage and audio from the incident, you give the name of the officer who shot the boy.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Chase Carter

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3 Comments

  1. Kathryn Irby says:

    Sick and tired of cops getting away with murdering/abusing innocent victims!!! Apparently, they ARE ABOVE THE LAW!!! Unacceptable!!

  2. Kathryn Irby says:

    Sick and tired of cops getting away with murdering/abusing innocent victims!!! Apparently, they ARE ABOVE THE LAW!!! Unacceptable!!

  3. There should be complete transparency with this issue. The cops have already lied to the public about this. They have lost their credibility, and this whole issue should be taken completely out of their hands. An entirely independent investigation is in order, as should always be the case in such situations.

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