Texas Officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards fired

The officer who shot and killed a Texas teenager leaving a house party has been fired after the 15-year-old’s death caused national outrage.

Roy Oliver, who shot Jordan Edwards in Dallas suburb Balch Springs Saturday night, lost his job on Tuesday, the town’s police said.

Police originally said they were called to reports of underage drinking when they heard gunshots.
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber earlier said that his officer shot the student after the car he was in reversed towards officers “in an aggressive manner,” but later said the car was pulling forward and away.

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“It did not meet our core values,” Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said on Monday.

Haber said Tuesday that Oliver, with the department since 2011, has a chance to appeal his termination.

Police have not released the body camera video of the incident, where a bullet struck Jordan in the front passenger’s seat, changed their initial explanation.

The officer was placed on administrative leave before Tuesday’s firing, when Balch Springs Police said he violated department policies.

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Officers in the town are discouraged from firing at moving vehicles even when a car is headed towards them, with guidelines saying that cops should “attempt to move out of its path, if possible, instead of discharging a firearm at it or any of its occupants.”

Haber said the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting as a potential crime, though it is not clear if Oliver will face any charges.

Jordan’s family has called for the officer to be tried for murder.

 

 

NY Daily

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