Police Chief Fires Officer Who Shot And Killed Black Texas Teenager

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

Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving the party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night. Since the killing, Roy Oliver, the officer who fired his rifle into the departing vehicle, has been dismissed from the Dallas Police Department, and his actions have been seriously criticized by both his former employer and the African-American community at large. Haber made the decision to fire the six-year veteran after his department's internal investigation concluded that Oliver violated multiple policies, though he refused to go into detail, The Dallas Morning News reported.

At the time of the shooting, the department released a statement describing the shooting, claiming the vehicle Jordan was in moved "aggressively" towards the officer who was responding to a call about intoxicated minors at the party.

"I take responsibility for that", Haber said, according to CNN. 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 district attorney, which has a unit dedicated to investigating police shootings, and the Dallas County sheriff's office are investigating the case.

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Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Edwards family, was pleased with the response from Police Chief Jonathan Haber for his work to uncover the truth of what happened to Jordan Edwards on Saturday night and to admit that there were many violations in the shooting death of the teen. Oliver fired an unknown number of rounds from a rifle into the moving auto, striking 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

"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 family said. "The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded".

Merritt said that Edwards' older brother, who was driving the auto, was arrested and held overnight by police, the News reported. His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, a week after his death. "Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys".

"You have my assurances my department will continue to be responsive, transparent and accountable."
The bullet from the officer's rifle struck Edwards in the head, killing the unarmed 15-year-old teen from Mesquite, a suburb of Dallas. "Their young lives will be forever altered".

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