MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS . ..

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS . ..

Officer Involved
Former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver was arrested and charged with murder on Friday after he shot and killed fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards last weekend, according to the Dallas Morning News. This happened shockingly fast—in most cases when a law enforcement officer is involved in a shooting, there’s a lengthy investigation and a grand jury is often involved in a months-long process. Even then it rarely results in murder charges for the officer. But in Oliver’s case, he was fired days after the shooting and was charged with murder within a week. Edwards, a high school freshman, is the youngest of 339 people nationwide who have been fatally shot by police so far in 2017, according to a Washington Post database. He was leaving a party with his friends when Oliver allegedly fired several shots into his car, striking Edwards in the head. He was laid to rest in Mesquite on Saturday.

Democracy In Action
Saturday was election day across Texas, with several notable local races. The mayoral races in both San Antonio and El Paso are headed for runoffs, according to the Texas Tribune. Incumbent San Antonio mayor Ivy Taylor earned 42 percent of the vote and will face City Councilman Ron Nirenberg, who got 37 percent of the vote. In El Paso, former state Representative Dee Margo won 45 percent of the vote. Her runoff challenger will be David Saucedo, who tallied 24 percent of the vote. An eighteen-year-old high school student was elected to the school board in Pearland. Corpus Christi City Councilman Joe McComb won 52 percent of the vote and will become the city’s new mayor, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Hopefully McComb works out better than his predecessor, Dan McQueen, who lasted just 37 days in office before resigning amid questions about his resume. And Pasadena seems primed to elect local leaders in runoff elections who actually represent the city’s Latino population, under the supervision of the U.S. Department of Justice after a federal court ruled in January that the city violated the Voting Rights Act and intentionally discriminated against minorities.

Better Days?
Last week was pretty dark in the Lone Star State. Tornadoes left five people dead in East Texas, a fifteen-year-old boy was allegedly murdered by a cop outside Dallas, a student was fatally stabbed on campus at the University of Texas at Austin, a man fatally shot his own godfather and wounded a neighbor before shooting and seriously injuring a Dallas firefighter-paramedic, a gunman shot and killed a woman before turning the gun on himself at North Lake College in Irving, a high school student slashed the throat of a classmate in Fort Worth, and a crazed customer opened fire in an Arlington sports bar, killing the venue’s manager before he was shot and killed by another patron with a gun. Again, all of that happened in one week. That’s an average of one high-profile incident of disturbing violence per day. Let’s hope that this week we can focus on remembering the victims we lost and not add any new ones.