The car had backed about half a block away from an approaching officer while being ordered to stop clearly and repeatedly over and over.
Eventually at the cross street the driver stopped, the rapidly accelerated forward at an officer and was accelerating away a split second later when the fatal shots were fired.
As soon as the driver accelerated towards the approaching officer he committed attempted murder of a PO, assault with a deadly weapon, deadly and reckless conduct that then led to the death of the boy when a second office fired.
What was the proximate cause of the circumstances leading to the shooting? The driver’s failure to comply and accelerating towards the officer.
This reminds me a great deal of the Tamir Rice shooting in so much as the officers would not have been “forced” to “defend themselves” had they not unnecessarily run into a situation and then acted hastily. But instead we have a cop approaching the situation with a shoot first, ask questions later mentality. And again we have a young black kid that is dead because of it.
Tamir Rice was a kid playing with a toy in a park. A threat to nobody until officers decided to drive up to within a few feet of him and shoot in “self defense”.
Jordan Edwards was a passenger in a vehicle that was simply backing up and turning onto a road. It was only threatening to an officer that decided to run directly up to it and shoot in “self defense”.
Time and time again it’s the same thing. Shoot the black kid first and ask questions later. Even if you are totally in the wrong, in the vast majority of cases you won’t even be tried for a crime, let alone convicted. And then we wonder why there is a serious lack of trust for law enforcement in some communities.
The “threat” was reported to Police which is why they responded to Tamir Rice.
Your second sentence is simply false on it’s face. The driver was acting unlawfully the moment he refused to stop the vehicle and committed an aggravated felony the moment he accelerated towards the officer.
No shots were fired prior to those acts.
The cop had no possible way to know Jordan was in the back seat out of sight nor was he intentionally shot by that officer.
Jordan is dead directly as a result of the driver’s actions.
You and I have very different opinions as to what “accelerating towards someone” means.
If you are standing directly in front of a car that is backing out of a parking space, turns it’s wheel to the left, and then shifts into drive to turn, would you consider that a threatening move? The driver was trying to get onto the road, not run down an officer.