After Firing, More Calls For Charges Against Balch Springs Officer

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The suburban Texas police officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after firing into a vehicle of teenagers leaving a party Saturday night has been fired, police announced on Tuesday.

Officer Roy Oliver has been identified as the cop who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in the head Saturday night as he left a house party.

Chief Haber said Oliver violated several department policies in the shooting, but wouldn't elaborate on the specific violations, citing the now terminated officer's right to appeal.

"It did not meet our core values", Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said at a press conference.

According to NBC News, police say that Oliver "violated several departmental policies", and that those specific policies can not be discussed as there is potential for him to repeal the termination.

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

"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 Edwards family said in a statement. Doing so, he said, could damage the integrity of the ongoing Dallas County District Attorney's Office investigation of the shooting.

Shots from his rifle pierced the front side passenger window, hitting Edwards in the front seat, according to Edwards' family attorneys, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett. Edwards's family has raised $102,677 from the public so far in a memorial fund. While inside the house trying to locate the homeowners, police heard gunshots outside. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away. "Not only have Jordan's brothers lost their best friend, they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless murder".


The Edwards family told what happened next in a written statement released by Merritt Tuesday, before Oliver was sacked.

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

The Dallas County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into the fatal shooting, while the Balch Springs Police Department is conducting an internal investigation of its own.

Edwards' family does not want any protests or marches in his name. "Their young lives will be forever altered".

"Everyone should wait until the facts come out and we know more", she said in a written statement, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The brother who was driving pulled over and tried to motion to police for help, she said.

"As law enforcement approached the house, they saw the lights".

Meritt said police also detained Jordan's father when he showed up at the station asking about his children. A copy of the 2016 version, obtained by the Post, specifically instructs officers to move out of the way of an oncoming vehicle when possible, rather than opening fire.

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