SAY HIS NAME.
Jordan Edwards was a hard-working student with a bright future at Mesquite High School. He played quarterback and receiver on his school’s football team. He was also the youngest, unarmed black teen to be killed by a cop this year
On April 29, Edwards and his friends were sitting in a car outside a party when police officers (Roy Oliver and Tyler Gross) arrived due to concerns of underage drinking. The police mistakenly thought they heard a gunshot from outside and went to investigate and ordered the car with Jordan Edwards to stop, but the car drove away instead. Then officer Roy Oliver fired a rifle right at the vehicle filled with unarmed teenagers, and Edwards, sitting in the passenger seat, was shot in the head.
This type of story, unfortunately, is a recurring phenomenon. Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Alton Sterling, the list of deaths caused by police assault goes on and on. This institutionalized racism is the catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement. The movement takes a stance against the targeted violence of black people that are unrightfully injured and killed by the police. Some like to use the counter argument that “All Lives Matter” in an antagonistic way to negate “Black Lives Matter”. It’s already been established that every life matters, however black people are the ones being disproportionately killed by the police more than any other race.
Officer Roy’s excuse for shooting a rifle multiple times at the unarmed teenagers sitting in the car? He stated that the car was backing up “aggressively” towards him, but then it was later revealed that the car was driving away. Roy Oliver was later fired from the Balch Springs police department after an investigation ensued on the unjust killing of Jordan Edwards. Some progress was made as an arrest warrant was set for Oliver, charging him with murder. This is a rare occurrence since the usual outcome for a police officer killing an unarmed black person results in being suspended or simply fired.
The amount of Americans being killed by police is increasing at a terrifying rate, and America can not turn a blind eye to this injustice. The police need to be held accountable and the system should stop protecting murderers that wear badges. The protests and rallies will continue until the flawed departments can address their brutality and racism, two aspects that led to the death of Jordan Edwards.