Jordan Edwards was a 15-year-old high-school freshman from Balch Springs, Texas. On April 29, 2017, he was with his brother and friends at a house-party. As the party started to get rowdy, Jordan and his group decided to leave. Just as they were getting into their car to leave, the police showed up. The teens were driving away when an officer attempted to prevent their car from leaving by recklessly firing at the car.
The police officer fired multiple shots into the car, shooting Jordan in the back of the head, killing him. Jordan’s mother, Charmaine Edwards, has become a reluctant voice for the need for change in the way police use force, especially with Black men and boys. She is still devastated by the unthinkable murder of her precious, innocent child. “Our family will never be the same. The kids will never be the same,” she said.
As is typical, there were discrepancies between the original police account of the incident, which alleged that the vehicle carrying Jordan had backed up aggressively toward the officers, implying the officers were in imminent danger or fear of bodily harm. Predictably, the bodycam video contradicted that police report, clearly showing Jordan’s vehicle was pulling away from the officers.
On May 5, 2017, the officer was fired from the department and arrested. A year later, on August 29, 2018, the officer was convicted of murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison.