Core Values

Jordan Edwards spent his last moments in a car driven by his 16-year-old brother in a Dallas suburb. The teens in the car — Jordan, his two brothers and two friends — had no weapons, and they were not drunk. None of them has been charged with any crime.

At first, Balch Springs Police Department Chief Jonathan Haber claimed that one of his officers, later identified as Roy Oliver, fired at the teens’ car because it was backing down the street in an “aggressive manner” toward officers called to break up a teen party.

Hours later, the police chief walked that story back, saying body camera footage showed the car driving away when the officer raised his rifle and began shooting.

“After reviewing the video,” Haber said, “I don’t believe that (the shooting) met our core values.”

The Dallas County medical examiner has ruled Jordan’s death a homicide. Cause of death: gunshot wound to the head. The police officer has been fired. We await further news about what happens next.

Dallas News: His name was Jordan Edwards

Saturday, May 6 update

A police officer in a Dallas suburb was charged with murder on Friday, six days after he fired his rifle into a car full of teenagers leaving a party, killing a black 15-year-old in the front passenger seat.

The New York Times: Police Officer Who Fatally Shot 15-Year-Old Texas Boy Is Charged With Murder

Equal Opportunity Harassment

Moreover, if police start stopping and frisking hundreds of thousands of white women and men in the manner they’ve been searching young men of color, they will undoubtedly issue some summonses and make some arrests. There are middle-class white people in possession of illegal guns — not to mention heroin, illegal prescription painkillers, and marijuana. The success rates may not be high. But this shouldn’t deter police officials. After all, low success rates haven’t dissuaded them from searching young men of color for contraband and firearms.

— Christopher E. Smith: What I Learned About Stop-and-Frisk From Watching My Black Son

Sounds fair to me. If you object to being stopped by the police, you probably have something to hide, right? Only criminals need to worry.

The Right People

“We go out there and we summons people,” Inspector McCormack said. The way to suppress violent crime, he said, was for officers to stop, question and, if necessary, frisk “the right people at the right time, the right location.”

— Recording Points to Race Factor in Stop by New York Police

“The right people” seems to include musician friends of mine who are simply going about their business in Brooklyn. Granted, some of them are suspiciously black and male.