The Texas Officer Who Fatally Shot Jordan Edwards Is Appealing His Termination

Posted May 09, 2017

A police officer in Texas who fired multiple rifle rounds into a vehicle full of teens Saturday night - killing a 15-year-old boy - was sacked Tuesday, police said.

Edwards and his 16-year-old brother were heading home from a house party in the Dallas suburb when the officer - responding to noise complaints - shot the fatal head-wound shot through the window of the auto.

The Balch Springs Police Department fired Officer Roy Oliver Tuesday, May 2, after he fired his rifle into a vehicle full of teens as they left a party Saturday evening.

He told reporters Tuesday that Oliver, a six-year-veteran of the force, "violated several departmental policies" but he couldn't specify which ones because Oliver can appeal his firing. That account of events was contradicted by the body camera footage, which Haber said showed the vehicle driving away from officers when Oliver shot. "I made a mistake and I apologized for it", Haber said on Tuesday.

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"The magnitude of his awful actions can not be overstated", said a statement released from the family of Jordan Edwards. The department has concluded its internal investigation, but an independent probe by the Dallas County Sheriff's Department and the Dallas County District Attorney's Office continues. He and the other teenagers made a decision to leave the unruly party when they heard gunshots and police arriving, Edwards' family attorney Lee Merritt said. Jordan Edwards, 15, was shot and killed by Oliver while leaving a party with his older brother and two friends.

There is no word on whether Oliver, a white police officer, will be arrested for the shooting death of Jordan Edwards. Ex-officer Roy Oliver was the shooter. "The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded". Edwards will be laid to rest on Saturday, May 6. He previously said police video of what happened Saturday night contradicted his department's original statement and raised questions about whether officers had acted correctly.

"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.

"After you've seen the scenario play out over and over, you're always building up this hope, and it seems like you're cut off right before you get to the promised land", Crockett said.

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Merritt said that Edwards' older brother, who was driving the vehicle, was arrested and held overnight by police, the News reported.

"I would encourage the Balch Springs Police Department to continue to display the transparency and accountability this sensitive situation demands, including reporting the details of this awful incident to the Texas Attorney General as state law requires".

Jordan Edwards was 15-years-old and a freshman at Mesquite High School.

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