After a quick investigation, the Balch Springs, Texas police chief has fired the officer who triggered the deadly rifle shot, ultimately murdering the black teenager, NPR reports. The medical examiner has ruled Edwards' death a homicide. "I acted on them", Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber told press yesterday (May 2). His dismissal was announced by officials on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.
There is no word on whether Oliver, a white police officer, will be arrested for the shooting death of Jordan Edwards.
Fatal police shootings of African-Americans have prompted criticism from victims' families over delayed action, and in some cases mass protests. His attorney Cindy Stormer released a statement of her own saying Oliver is not commenting right now."The incident is recent and still being investigated. In a rush to get the information out, to be transparent", he said. "If there is not an indicted in this case there will be outrage in this community", he said.
"Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys", it said. As the father of a black son, I share the anxiety that many black parents feel when we hear about situations like this.
Police originally claimed that the teenagers' vehicle had been reversing "in an aggressive manner" toward officers, but Mr Haber admitted on Monday that video proved that the vehicle was actually driving away.
The police department's latest statement, released Tuesday night, says officers entering the house heard gunshots ring out during a "chaotic scene with numerous people running away from the location".
Edwards was described as a good student and popular athlete by family and friends.
The attorney for the Edwards family said they were "grateful" a decision had been made to fire Oliver and thanked the police chief for "commendable strides toward justice".
Before he could respond, the officer, identified as Oliver, fired three shots into the auto, striking Edwards' in the head. It took a few moments before the people inside in the auto noticed Edwards slumped over, she said.
Merritt said that Edwards' older brother, who was driving the auto, was arrested and held overnight by police, the News reported. Instead, Crockett said, he was detained and handcuffed.
"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 auto, 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 in a statement.