Cop Who Killed Jordan Edwards Fired, Family Calls for Criminal Charges

Posted May 09, 2017

The police officer who killed a 15-year-old boy over the weekend in Balch Springs, Texas, was sacked as a result of his actions, authorities announced Tuesday.

The six-year veteran was one of two officers who responded to reports of drunken teenagers at a house party Saturday, April 29.

The Balch Springs Police Department said that the former officer, Roy Oliver, "violated several departmental policies" and was therefore terminated.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said at a Tuesday news conference that Oliver had violated the department policy, though he did not explain which policies he was referring to or how Oliver violated them.

Haber changed the department's official account of the shooting on Monday, admitting that the auto Edwards was in had been driving away when Oliver opened fire and had not been moving towards police in "an aggressive manner" as the account initially stated.

The family later said that while they are grateful that Oliver has been fired, "there remains a long road ahead". The victim's death was ruled a homicide by the Dallas County medical examiner. Lee Merritt, the attorney of the Edwards family, two of Edwards' brothers were in the auto with him as Edwards was shot, and they watched their brother die. A copy of the 2016 version, obtained by the Post, specifically instructs officers to move out of the way of an oncoming vehicle when possible, rather than opening fire.

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There is no word on whether Oliver, a white police officer, will be arrested for the shooting death of Jordan Edwards.

After reviewing body camera video of the shooting, which has not been released publicly, Balch Springs police officials fired Oliver. The family has called for murder charges to be brought against Oliver.

Attorneys for the family, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett, praised the police department for its quick action to fire the officer.

"The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded, as well", the family said. The attorney said Jordan's older brother, 16, was detained by police overnight but not given a reason or charged, and was not informed police had killed his brother until being released. "Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys".

This photo shows the intersection of Baron and Shepherd Lane on Monday, May 1, 2017, near where the shooting of 15 year-old Jordan Edwards by a police officer happened in Balch Springs, Texas on Saturday. In a rush to get the information out, to be transparent ... "Not only have Jordan's brothers lost their best friend, they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless murder".

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