Texas Officer Who Killed Jordan Edwards Has Been Fired
Texas Officer Who Killed Jordan Edwards Has Been Fired
Jordan Edwards shooting: Texas police change account of death
09 May, 2017, 00:10
Former Balch Springs police Officer Roy Oliver was sacked after fatally shooting 15-year-old Jordan Evans in the head with a rifle.
The unarmed black teenager was in a vehicle leaving a house party in the Dallas suburb.
The department's initial account was that Edwards was in a auto that was being driven in reverse in an "aggressive manner" when an officer opened fire, striking and killing him.
Although the Balch Springs police departmentsaid that its internal investigation into Oliver's conduct had been concluded, Haber refused to say what Oliver's policy violations were, noting that Oliver had a right to appeal his firing and ongoing investigations by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office. That account of events was contradicted by the body camera footage, which Haber said showed the auto driving away from officers when Oliver shot.
" 'We can not make any comments at this time, ' she said in a written statement". 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.
Since learning that the now-fired officer Roy Oliver's initial report did not match the footage of the body cameras that he and another officer were wearing at the time of the incident, there has been a call for the Dallas County District Attorney's office to file charges against Oliver.
Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Edwards family, said that Oliver fired three shots into the vehicle Edwards was in, based on eyewitness accounts from the other passengers in the auto. Authorities are investigating what led Oliver, who was sacked, to shoot Edwards as he was sitting in the passenger seat of a moving auto. They also draw comparisons between Edwards' death and other previous police shootings of young Black men.
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He acknowledged then that the auto was moving away from officers when Oliver fired the shots and said the officer's actions were not consistent with the department's "core values".
Harber said he released the mistaken information based on an account given to him by the officer. "The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded".
Oliver shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards at 11 p.m. on Saturday.
"Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys", the family statement said. The attorney said Jordan's older brother, 16, was detained by police overnight but not given a reason or charged, and was not informed police had killed his brother until being released. "That was exclusively on me". My department will continue to be responsive, be transparent and accountable'.
Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School, was an honor student and football player who Merritt said was popular and much loved by his family and friends.
"The bond that he shared with his family, particularly his siblings, was indescribable", the Edwards family said in their statement. Jackson said, "Their boy was brutally murdered, violently murdered in front of his brothers".
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The statement thanked Haber for his "strides toward justice" and indicated that they were "grateful" that Oliver had been fired. Police initially said the vehicle reversed "aggressively" towards the officer, but footage discredits that claim.
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