Texas officer involved in fatal shooting of Jordan Edwards has been fired
- Author: Jon Douglas May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 9:29
On April 29, a police officer of the Dallas Police Department fatally shot Jordan Edwards, an unarmed, 15-year-old, African-American teen, as Edwards and other unarmed teens were driving away from him.
Haber initially said after the shooting that Oliver fired on the vehicle when the driver backed toward officers "in an aggressive manner". "I made a mistake and I apologized for it", Haber said on Tuesday.
"We are grateful the decision has been made to terminate the officer responsible for Jordan's murder".
Though the internal affairs inquiry has been completed, a criminal investigation into the shooting is proceeding by two Dallas County agencies, the sheriff's department and the district attorney's office, and charges are possible.
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. They are calling for the other police officers involved - who they say treated Jordan's brothers and two friends like "common criminals" as he lay dying - to be reprimanded as well.
Merritt says that Edwards - a high-achieving student and a popular athlete - and the other four teenagers in the vehicle, were not carrying weapons.
The Balch Springs Police Department did not immediately respond to Complex's request for comment.
The investigation found that officer Roy Oliver used a rifle to shoot through the window of a vehicle that Edwards was in.
A family statement released Tuesday night called for disciplinary action against other officers who "extended this nightmare for those children".
Haber met with Jordan's parents twice since his death, expressing condolences on behalf of the department and the city.
The shooting occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday evening, after officers got a call concerning intoxicated teenagers and arrived to find a house party.
"You have my assurances my department will continue to be responsive, transparent and accountable."
Merritt has told CNN that, at this time, Jordan's family wishes to grieve privately until after the funeral. "Not only have Jordan's brothers lost their best friend; they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless murder", the statement said.
"We are declaring war on bad policing", Merritt said in a news conference held on behalf of the family Monday.
"I unintentionally (was) incorrect when I said the vehicle was backing down the road".
Officers were inside the home trying to find the owner when they heard outside what they believed to be gunshots, causing panic at the home as people fled.
"Officers confronted a vehicle backing down the street", the revised account says, but, despite officer commands, the auto did not stop.
Edwards was a freshman at Mesquite High School.
The Dallas County district attorney and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department are investigating the case.