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Jordan Edwards, 15-year-old honor roll student, killed in shooting by Texas police

  • The chief of police in Balch Springs, Texas, said Sunday that one of his officers shot into a car full of teenagers because the vehicle had moved toward police officers “in an aggressive manner.”  
  • The shooting, which occurred Saturday night in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, killed 15-year-old high school freshman and honor roll student Jordan Edwards, a family lawyer told the Dallas Morning News
  • Edwards, who is black, was leaving a party with his friends because they had heard gunshots. Officers claim they were responding to a call of “drunk teens.”
  • A criminal investigation is underway by the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department — but the Edwards family has already called for the yet-to-be named officer to be arrested and charged. Read more (5/1/17 9:45 AM)

This officer was fired after he didn’t shoot a black man in distress. Now he’s suing.

  • Stephen Mader, a former police officer in Weirton, West Virginia, is suing the city and local police department for firing him after he didn’t shoot a black man trying to commit suicide by cop.
  • In May 2016, Mader encountered Ronald Williams, a distressed African-American man whose girlfriend had called police to their Weirton home after Williams reportedly threatened to harm himself.
  • Williams was holding an unloaded gun and pleaded with Mader to “just shoot me,” according to the former officer’s lawsuit.
  • Mader, a veteran of the War in Afghanistan, said he relied on his training in the military, and attempted to de-escalate the situation and prevent any loss of life. But when two of Mader’s fellow officers joined him on the scene, one of them fatally shot Williams in the head.
  • The use of lethal force rattled the community, in light of the facts that Williams had apparently been experiencing a mental health crisis and that Mader, a white officer, had attempted to save the black man’s life. Mader was fired following the incident.
  • Mader’s lawsuit, filed in a U.S. District Court in West Virginia, alleges that the city violated his rights against unjust termination, his First and Fourteenth Amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution and other rights under the Constitution of the State of West Virginia. Read more (5/10/17)

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Betty Shelby found not guilty of manslaughter in shooting of Terence Crutcher

  • Betty Shelby, the white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer who shot Terence Crutcher in September, was found not guilty Wednesday of first-degree manslaughter in the unarmed black man’s death.
  • A jury disagreed with prosecutors that Shelby had used an unreasonable amount of force against Crutcher, who was seen in police video footage walking away from officers with his hands in the air. 
  • Jurors deliberated for close to 10 hours, following closing arguments delivered Wednesday morning by the prosecution and the defense.
  • Shelby, who faced between four years and life in prison if she were convicted, reportedly left the courthouse without addressing TV cameras. Her defense attorneys told the Associated Press that their client was “elated” by the verdict. Read more (5/17/17)

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