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Police shooting of Texas teen in moving car violated federal guidance

(THE GUARDIAN) , May 4, 2017 — When a Dallas-area police officer fired shots into a moving car on Saturday night, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, the officer did so in direct violation of federal guidance and widespread police department best practices.

According to the officer’s police chief, he did so in violation of the department’s “core values” as well.

Jordan was the latest victim of a practice the Department of Justice has routinely described as dangerous and unnecessary. A 2015 Guardian investigation found that about four people a month were killed in similar incidents where police fired into moving vehicles. Figures from the Guardian’s Counted database, which recorded how many people were killed by US police in 2015 and 2016, suggests that that number killed by police gunfire after officers shot into vehicles remained unchanged in 2016, at 48.

Source: Police shooting of Texas teen in moving car violated federal guidance | US news | The Guardian