Family of Texas teen: No more threats on police

  • Family of Texas teen: No more threats on police

Family of Texas teen: No more threats on police

The Balch Springs police officer who shot and killed a 15-year-old high school freshman this past weekend is now out of a job and under investigation.

Oliver's firing comes a day after the Balch Springs police chief admitted he "misspoke" when he said the vehicle Jordan was riding in Saturday night was moving "aggressively" toward police - leading one officer to fire his rifle toward the auto. However, video footage later showed that the auto was, in fact, traveling away from police, something which Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber acknowledged on Monday.

The officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards has been fired.

According to the Dallas News, Jordan's family said that "the officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded as well".

Roy Oliver fired his rifle into a auto of unarmed teens Saturday night as they drove away, fatally striking Jordan Edwards in the head.

The Edwards family said in a statement it wanted the officer to be arrested for murder.

The family later said that while they are grateful that Oliver has been fired, "there remains a long road ahead". "Over the past 24 hours Chief Haber has made commendable strides toward justice", the attorney added in a statement. The activists said afterward that Johnson assured them she was studying the case closely.

"We support the Balch Springs Police Department, but we do not support this officer", said Angela Singletary, who's a member of the city's Citizens Patrol. "We will now wait for the independent investigation being conducted by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and the Public Integrity Unit with the District Attorney's Office to run their course". We offer our honest condolences to Jordan's family and will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers as we move forward expeditiously, with a commitment to justice and transparency. According to Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Edwards family, Oliver is already attempting to appeal the decision.

"We would not be standing here if we did not believe that this police department was worth backing", said one of them, community activist Ernest Walker.

He said the officer's actions "did not meet our core values".

Two of his brothers were in the vehicle and watched him die, a family lawyer said. "Their young lives will forever be altered", his family said.

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 vehicle pulled forward as the officer continued to approach it giving verbal commands, and then continued on the main roadway driving away from the officer.

No charges have been filed against Oliver at this time, but Haber stressed that both the criminal and administrative investigations are ongoing and could take some time.

"The Balch Springs Police Department, regardless of how this whole thing turns out, we are here to serve this community", Haber said. An officer shot his rifle through the front passenger side window and struck Edwards, said Lee Merritt, an attorney for Edwards' family.

Police initially said the auto reversed "aggressively" towards the officer, but footage discredits that claim. They didn't have alcohol or weapons, Merritt said. The teenager's brothers "witnessed firsthand" what happened, Merritt said.

Meritt said police also detained Jordan's father when he showed up at the station asking about his children.