Police Officer Fired After Fatally Shooting 15-Year-Old Jordan Edwards

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Balch Springs, Texas, Police Officer Roy Oliver was fired Tuesday because he recently fatally shot unarmed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards as the he was leaving a party.

Jordan’s family released the following statement, according to The Root:

We are grateful the decision has been made to terminate the officer responsible for Jordan’s murder. Over the past 24 hours Chief Haber has made commendable strides toward justice. However, there remains a long road ahead. We anxiously await this officer’s identification and arrest for the crime of murder.

The magnitude of his horrible actions cannot be overstated. We fully expect an equivalent response from those responsible for investigating and punishing the crime. We also know that although his actions were the most wicked and consequential, he was not the only officer responsible for dreadful behavior that evening.

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 car, they were immediately treated as common criminals by other officers; manhandled, intimidated and arrested, while their brother lay dying in the front seat.

The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded as well. Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys.

 


During a press conference Monday, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber retracted his earlier statement that the car in which Jordan was traveling Saturday night was “backing down the street toward officers in an aggressive manner,” which Haber initially claimed prompted Oliver to open fire with a rifle, fatally shooting Jordan in the head.

Haber said that he “misspoke” and the vehicle was actually moving away from police officers when Oliver opened fire.

“After reviewing the video, I don’t believe that [the fatal shooting] met our core values,” Haber said.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department is conducting the investigation into the killing, and the victim’s family remains hopeful the former officer will be charged according to what he did and not given an easy way out because of blue privilege.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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