Officer who killed unarmed black 15-year-old fired, identified by department

06 May, 2017, 03:02 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber speaks during a news conference after an officer involved shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards at the Balch Springs Learning Center and Library in Balch Springs Texas Monday

MISDThe Balch Springs, Tex., police officer who shot into a auto full of teenagers, killing Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old passenger, has been fired, according to NBC News.

Oliver, a six-year veteran with the department, was one of two police officers who responded after complaints were called in about underage kids drinking at a house party Saturday night.

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.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said the video contradicts the initial police account of what happened.

Haber fired Oliver Tuesday for violating department procedures, although he refused to elaborate on which procedure the officer violated.

Originally, Oliver had claimed that the vehicle was moving backwards toward him in an "aggressive manner", but the police department later corrected that account after an investigation was completed and noted that the auto was actually moving away from Oliver when he fired into it.

As officers exited the house, they encountered the vehicle backing out onto a main road and driving away despite their attempts to tell the driver to stop, the new statement said. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's office ruled his death a homicide.

"Firing the officer who killed #JordanEdwards is a good start but if I murdered someone at work, firing would be the least of my concerns", family lawyer Lee Merritt said on Twitter. The auto did initially reverse but then accelerated forward and attempted to leave the premises when Oliver shot Edwards.

An Edwards family attorney praised the police chief for owning up to his mistake.

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"The spotlight's on them and it shouldn't be just on the police officers", said the Rev. Ronald Wright. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away.

Jordan's family has repeatedly called for Oliver to be tried for murder.

"The vehicle then pulled forward as the officer continued to approach the vehicle giving verbal commands".

The unnamed officer who killed Edwards has been placed on administrative leave.

Edward's family agrees. Tuesday night, family friend Mercedes Jackson attended an NAACP meeting in Dallas.

After reviewing body camera video of the shooting, which has not been released publicly, Balch Springs police officials fired Oliver. Authorities are investigating what led Oliver, who was sacked, to shoot Edwards as he was sitting in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle. "Their young lives will be forever altered".

Edwards' family does not want any protests or marches in his name. In 86 of the cases, officers say the person was in possession of a weapon, most often a firearm. Instead, Crockett said, he was detained and handcuffed.

"It is also imperative that we aggressively pursue these two separate investigations to preserve the trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve". Although police later said they kept the brother in custody to question him as a witness, none of the other teens were held, he said.

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