Dallas cop who shot Black teen outside house party is fired

18 May, 2017, 11:16 | Author: Jonathon Greene
  • Odell Edwards wipes away tears as he sits with his wife Charmaine Edwards listening to their attorney Lee Merritt talking about the death of their son Jordan Edwards in a police shooting Saturday in Balch Springs Texas in Merritt’s law office in D

The department's account of what happened in the shooting changed after Haber admitted Monday that a vehicle full of teens was driving away from police when an officer armed with a rifle fatally shot the teenager in the head. The police department, which originally misstated key aspects of the story, said officers responded to a 911 call about "drunken young people", entered a house party, heard gunshots outside, exited the residence to investigate, issued verbal commands toward a auto leaving the scene, and then Oliver fired his rifle into the vehicle, striking Edwards.

It took three days for Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber to announce the firing of Roy Oliver after body cams revealed that several policies were broken during the encounter that led to the fatal shooting of Jordan Edwards.

On Monday, Police Chief Jonathan Haber said body camera footage showed the vehicle was driving forward, away from the officers - not reversing toward them.

For their part, the Edwards family issued a statement that praised the department's decision, and noted that they "anxiously await" Oliver's arrest on murder charges.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled his death a homicide, due to a rifle wound to the head.

Mr Oliver fired at the auto as it was driving away, piercing the front side passenger window and hitting Jordan who was sitting in the front seat, his family's attorneys claim.

"The Balch Springs Police Department, regardless of how this whole thing turns out, we are here to serve this community", Haber said.

On April 29, Balch Springs police were called to a house where a party was taking place.

Jordan Edwards was killed in front of his brother as they were leaving a party over the weekend.

In a statement released by the family's attorney, Lee Merritt, on Tuesday, Edwards was described as a "loving child, with a humble and sharing spirit".

The boy's parents, Charmaine and Odell Edwards, did not speak about their son or the shooting during the news conference, the Morning News reported. His brother drove away, but stopped and flagged down officers about a block away after he and the other boys realized Edwards had been shot.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber appears to be acting swiftly to mitigate any controversy over the shooting, particularly after the department changed its version of events.

The Dallas County district attorney and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department are investigating the case.

An attorney acting for Mr Oliver said he is not commenting on the cast it this time as the shooting "was recent and still being investigated".

Haber said officers in the town are discouraged from firing at moving vehicles even when a auto is headed towards them, with guidelines saying that cops should "attempt to move out of its path, if possible, instead of discharging a firearm at it or any of its occupants".

According to written statement from the Edwards family, Jordan Edwards' brothers, Vidal and Kevon, witnessed his death.

Department spokesman Pedro Gonzalez said that while police were inside the house, they heard gunshots outside. "I acted on them", Haber said.

Read the full statement from the Edwards family in the tweet below.

Merritt said the officer should be treated like "any other citizen who commits a crime"- and therefore should have been arrested by now.



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