Police Chief Fires Officer Who Shot & Killed 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards

Police Chief Fires Officer Who Shot & Killed 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards

The Texas police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards as he was leaving a party was sacked Tuesday, police said. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber initially said the vehicle Edwards was in drove backward toward police in "an aggressive manner", but Haber quickly walked that statement back.

"We are grateful the decision has been made to terminate the officer responsible for Jordan's murder", a statement from Jordan's family said, CBS News reports.

The shooting death of Jordan Edwards is being investigated by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department as well as the Dallas County District Attorney's Office as both have launched criminal investigations to determine what charges, if any, will be issued against Roy Oliver for his conduct on Saturday night. Since the killing, Roy Oliver, the officer who fired his rifle into the departing vehicle, has been dismissed from the Dallas Police Department, and his actions have been seriously criticized by both his former employer and the African-American community at large.

Police originally said the vehicle was reversing "in an aggressive manner" toward officers, but later said that video taken at the scene proved the vehicle was actually driving away.

Oliver was the second of two officers who responded to a report of intoxicated teenagers before Jordan was shot, the department said.

In a separate statement, the family paid tribute to their son: "Jordan was a loving child, with a humble and sharing spirit".

"Before the chief made the retraction of the statement, he stopped by and he spoke with the family", attorney Lee Merritt told HLN on Tuesday.

Edwards's death has drawn comparisons on social media to police shootings of other young black men in recent years, and Facebook and Twitter users have taken up the hashtag #JordanEdwards.

The family asked that the community refrain from marches and protests, and said they do not condone violence against law enforcement officers.

"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.

In reports immediately following the teenager's death, police claimed the auto had reversed "in an aggressive manner" towards officers.

Jordan's cause of death has been ruled a homicide, however, that does not necessarily mean charges will be filed against the officer.

The 6-year veteran of the Balch Springs police force who fired the fatal shot was placed on administrative leave, but has not been charged or arrested.

"After Jordan's two brothers, Vidal and Kevon, along with their two friends, were forced to experience this tragedy up close as occupants of the vehicle, they were immediately treated as common criminals by other officers; manhandled, intimidated and arrested, while their brother lay dying in the front seat", the family said.

"We are declaring war on bad policing", he said.

"Everyone should wait until the facts come out and we know more", Cindy Stormer told Dallas Morning News. They couldn't tell if he was already dead.

As a Sheriff's Office investigation into a deadly officer-involved shooting continues.

"I unintentionally, incorrectly said the vehicle was backing down the road", Haber said at a press conference Monday. For more than a year the police said officers shot McDonald after he lunged at them at close range with a knife.



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