Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Balch Springs Police Chief Identifies, Fires Jordan Edwards' Killer

Balch Springs Police Chief Identifies, Fires Jordan Edwards' Killer

On April 29, a police officer of the Dallas Police Department fatally shot Jordan Edwards, an unarmed, 15-year-old, African-American teen, as Edwards and other unarmed teens were driving away from him.

Roy Oliver fired his rifle into a auto of unarmed teens Saturday night as they drove away, fatally striking Jordan Edwards in the head.

On the night of the incident, police had been called to an address in Dallas, Texas, to investigate a complaint of underage drinking and spotted the auto leaving.

Speaking at a press conference late Tuesday following an internal investigation, Balch Springs Police Chief Johnathan Haber confirmed that Roy Oliver's employment had been terminated following the shooting.

"It was been determined that Roy Oliver, who was the second officer on the scene, violated several departmental policies", Gonzalez said.

The family also issued a statement reacting to Oliver's firing, saying they are grateful for the decision but await his arrest for the crime of murder. The Dallas County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office are now investigating the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards on Saturday, April 29.

Attorneys for the family, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett, praised the police department for its quick action to fire the officer.

The Edwards family asked in its statement that the public refrain from protesting in their son's name as they prepare for his funeral.

Video from Oliver's body camera has not been released.

"I do have questions in relation to my observation on the video and what is consistent with the policies and core values of the Balch Springs Police Department", Haber said.

No charges have been filed against Oliver at this time, but Haber stressed that both the criminal and administrative investigations are ongoing and could take some time.

"The Balch Springs Police Department, regardless of how this whole thing turns out, we are here to serve this community", Haber said. The entire statement can be read below.

The police chief said Tuesday that he had relied on Oliver's account of events when he initially said the vehicle was moving toward officers aggressively. "I take responsibility for that".

Family friend Chris Cano said it was hard to believe Jordan was gone.

Merritt said the Edwards family wants to see the officer criminally charged. But in 76 of the cases, the person killed was "armed" only with the vehicle itself, according to police. Video footage revealed that the vehicle was driving away when that officer fired his rifle.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department and Dallas County Integrity Unit are also holding separate investigations into the incident.

"The past 67 hours have been challenging for all us", he said.

By all accounts, Edwards was a well-liked and respected freshman at Mesquite High School, where he was an accomplished student and athlete.

"The bond that he shared with his family, particularly his siblings, was indescribable", the Edwards family said in their statement. Brown, 18, was shot and killed by former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson after Wilson approached Brown and a friend, who were walking in the middle of the street, and told them to walk on the sidewalk.

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