Police officer who shot and killed Texas teen is fired

Posted May 12, 2017

Dallas police have changed their story on the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards who was fatally shot by a police officer outside a house party over the weekend.

But Jonathan Haber, the police chief, told reporters at a news conference on Monday afternoon that video showed the opposite.

The Texas cop who shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy leaving a party Saturday night, then lied by claiming the boy was in a auto driving in an "aggressive manner" towards police, has been fired. Now the chief claims that Oliver fired his weapon while the vehicle was moving forward which was definitely against the rules.

The family also issued a statement reacting to Oliver's firing, saying they are grateful for the decision but await his arrest for the crime of murder. "That's what I'm telling you, he owned the situation, and I think that's going to take a lot of tension off the whole community".

Jasmine Crockett, another Edwards family attorney, said Jordan and his two brothers were among the five people in the auto when the officer fired.

Edwards was struck by a bullet in the head after a police officer fired on the vehicle he was riding in as he left a house party with his brother Saturday night.

The Dallas County Sheriff's Department and Dallas County Integrity Unit are continuing their criminal investigation, and the BSPD says it will continue to cooperate.

Oliver was the second of two officers who responded to a report of intoxicated teenagers before Jordan was shot, the department said. No formal charges have been filed against him yet, but the Dallas News reports that Jordan's family wants Oliver arrested on a murder charge.

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Authorities later admitted, however, that they had misspoken in recounting what occurred and that it appeared as though the vehicle Edwards was in was driving away from the officers when shots were fired, based on body cam footage. Cindy Stormer, Oliver's lawyer, told The Dallas Morning News that he will not comment at this time. "They began to run, as many kids began to run", Crockett said Tuesday on "Primetime Justice with Ashleigh Banfield" on HLN.

The teenager's friends described him as a good student and popular athlete.

According to the Dallas Police Department, the vehicle Edwards was in drove away from police when it was ordered to stop, and the officers encountered the auto as they were responding to gunshots in the area.

Mr Oliver fired at the vehicle 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 chief has expressed his condolences to the teen's parents.

"I was unintentionally incorrect yesterday when I said that the victim's vehicle was backing down the road", Mr Haber said on Monday. "The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded". 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.

"I have spoken with Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson regarding this incident".