Texas Cop Who Shot And Killed Teen Has Been Fired
Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away.
Police in the U.S. state of Texas have admitted that a video showing an officer fatally shooting a black 15-year-old shortly after leaving a party contradicts the department’s original account of the incident.
The family also expressed their sadness and anger that the other teenagers in the vehicle on the night of the shooting, including Edwards’ two brothers, Vidal and Kevon, and two friends, were arrested by police and allegedly “treated as criminals” as Edwards lay fatally wounded next to them. His 16-year-old brother was driving.
Chief Haber said Oliver violated several department policies in the shooting, but wouldn’t elaborate on the specific violations, citing the now terminated officer’s right to appeal. The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department and the Dallas County Integrity Unit are holding separate investigations. The race of the fired officer was not revealed. Video revealed that Oliver fired as the teens’ auto drove away from police, contradicting an earlier account that claimed the cop shot as the vehicle moved toward him in reverse.
Originally, Haber said when officers arrived on the street, they heard gunfire and a auto filled with passengers backed towards them in reverse. The shooting is being investigated by the Balch Springs Police Department, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Some compared the case to the deaths of other young African American men at the hands of police, such as 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was shot in 2014 as he held a pellet gun.
While police were in the house, the sounds of gunshots rang out, prompting the teens to scatter, including Edwards and his friends.
“On behalf of the entire Balch Springs Police Department and the city of Balch Springs we express our honest condolences with the family”, Haber said. “It’s just unbelievable. It’s absolutely unbelievable that a department did what a department should do”.
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.
Describing their tragic loss as “inescapable”, Edwards’ family added, “What we desire, only second to having our beloved Jordan back, is justice for Jordan”.
Edwards was described as a good student and popular athlete by family and friends. He opened fire on the vehicle containing five people including Jordan and his two brothers.
“They’re moving in the right direction, however it’s not almost enough”, she said.
“There were no weapons involved; there was no aggressive behavior; these were not suspects”, Merritt told The New York Times in an interview Monday. Instead, Crockett said, he was detained and handcuffed. The video has not been released.
On Tuesday, the Chief of Police of Balch Springs, Jonathan Haber announced at a press conference that Oliver has been dismissed. The police chief said that the vehicle was moving forward and away when shots were fired.
Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said the video contradicts the initial police account of what happened.