Police Chief Fires Officer Who Shot And Killed Black Texas Teenager

Dallas County Sheriff investigators finish up a follow up search for evidence at the intersection near where Jordan Edwards was killed by a police officer in Balch Springs Texas Wednesday. As the family of the black teenager slain by a white police offi

"From our policies, which I went by, there were violations". Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber made the announcement saying, "After reviewing the findings, I have made the decision to terminate Roy Oliver's employment with the Balch Springs Police Department". However, Oliver, who had been with the department for about six years, has the right to appeal the termination, if he desires.

But Crockett, who praised Haber for swiftly firing Oliver, said including supportive black leaders in a news conference felt "disingenuous".

"The past 67 hours have been challenging for all us", Haber said. But Merritt said the family does want the officer who killed their son arrested. The TLBC will continue to work in Austin and around the state to build healthy relationships between African American and local police departments. They were fleeing an end-of-school-year party after hearing gunshots and that police were arriving to investigate underage drinking. He also noted that none of the boys in the vehicle had been drinking, and were not the ones the police had been called to the scene of the party about. Officers on the scene had stated that the vehicle was reversing toward them in an "aggressive manner", and that, resultantly, one officer fired his shotgun at the auto, fatally shooting Edwards.

WFAA has requested for police to release the body camera video of the shooting.

"We do not support nor do we condone any violence or threats made against the Balch Springs Police Department or any other law enforcement agencies", the family said. But lawyers for 15-year-old Jordan Edwards' family said Wednesday that the city must answer for more than Oliver, including a racial slur allegedly yelled at one of Edwards' brothers moments after the shooting. Edwards was sitting in the front passenger seat of the vehicle at the time. They couldn't tell if he was already dead. "The lone motive they had for the murder was that the vehicle was being used as a weapon, and now that is no longer there".

WFAA was told that Balch Springs was told by the Dallas County District attorney not to release it. Read the full statement below. One change to the initial report worth noting said as follows.

Body camera footage showed the vehicle was driving forward, away from the officers, not reversing toward them as he originally reported. As officers exited the house, they encountered the vehicle backing out onto a main road and driving away despite their attempts to tell the driver to stop, the new statement said. Although police later said they took the brother and kept him in order to question him as a witness, none of the other teens in the auto was taken, he said.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the family called for other officers who "extended this nightmare for those children" to face disciplinary action. The Dallas Sheriff's Department and the Dallas County district attorney's public integrity unit have launched two separate criminal investigations into Oliver, according to The New York Times. "#BlackLivesMatter", said a tweet posted by the ACLU of Texas.

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