Officer who killed teen leaving party with brothers is fired
- Author: Leroy Wright May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 4:18
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. The Dallas Morning News reports that the department closed its internal investigation yesterday, but Edwards has ten days to appeal his termination. According to the caller, a nearby party was getting out of control, and drunk teens were in the street.
Officers arrived on the scene and entered the residence where a "large party" was taking place.
Department spokesman Pedro Gonzalez said that while police were inside the house, they heard gunshots outside. The vehicle continued to reverse and back into the main roadway despite commands from the officer. One officer then fired a rifle into a vehicle as it was driving away from the party, fatally injuring the front-seat passenger.
Merritt said the officer should be treated like "any other citizen who commits a crime"- and therefore should have been arrested by now.
Jordan was rushed to the hospital but efforts to save him failed.
Haber said Tuesday that he initially had it wrong because he relied on the officer's version of events.
"You have my assurances my department will continue to be responsive, transparent and accountable."
Yesterday it was revealed that dash cam footage showed that the vehicle was driving away and not backing up towards the officers in an "aggressive manner" as Oliver had falsely claimed in his initial report.
The officer's behaviour "did not meet our core values", the police chief said, adding that he has been placed on administrative leave.
The same day that Oliver was sacked, news broke of the Justice Department's decision not to charge two white police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the shooting death of a black man in 2016.
Citing the ongoing investigation, Haber would not answer reporters' questions at the press conference Monday. The statement thanked Haber for his "strides toward justice" and indicated that they were "grateful" that Oliver had been fired.
"We shouldn't have to have an out-of-town marshal come in", Wright said. "Understand that our number one priority is this community and we're going to keep moving forward".
"We are declaring war on bad policing", he said as Jordan's parents sat silently beside him, wiping their eyes with tissues and gazing downwards.
Haber called for calm so that the investigations may be conducted quickly and without interruption.
They asked the community to refrain from marching or protesting in his name they prepare for his funeral. A suburban Dallas police chief said Monday that his department wrongly described why an officer fired into a moving vehicle and killed Jordan Edwards, after an attorney for the boy's family said officers were trying to "justify the unjustifiable". He served six years in the Army, with two deployments to Iraq, and later completed nearly two years in the Texas National Guard.