Published: Tue, May 09, 2017
USA | By Cassandra Hanson

Roy Oliver: Full Story & Must-See Details On Police Officer

Roy Oliver: Full Story & Must-See Details On Police Officer

The police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Jordan Edwards has been fired, the Balch Springs Police Department confirmed Wednesday.

The six-year veteran was one of two officers who responded to reports of drunken teenagers at a house party Saturday, April 29.

"It has been determined that Roy Oliver, who was the second officer on the scene, violated several departmental policies", Gonzalez said.

Police chief Jonathan Haber cited department policy violations for the termination on Tuesday, without specifying exactly what those violations were.

While the sheriff's office conducts its investigation, the district attorney's office says no charges have been filed against Oliver yet. But on Monday, Haber reversed course and said, after reviewing video, the auto was driving away from police.

"In a hurry to get the statement out, I misspoke", Haber said on Monday, according to NBC News.

The attorney for the Edwards family said they were "grateful" a decision had been made to fire Oliver and thanked the police chief for "commendable strides toward justice".

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Prosecutors are still investigating the shooting, which was has been ruled a homicide by the medical examiner's office, and could charge Oliver. A copy of the 2016 version, obtained by the Post, specifically instructs officers to move out of the way of an oncoming vehicle when possible, rather than opening fire.

"After Jordan's two brothers, Vidal and Kevon, along with their two friends, were forced to experience this tragedy up close as occupants of the vehicle, they were immediately treated as common criminals by other officers; manhandled, intimidated and arrested, while their brother lay dying in the front seat", the family said.

Haber has not planned to release the body-cam footage of Edwards' final moments, and has also kept the identity of the officer involved, who was placed on administrative duty, hidden for now.

"Firing the officer who killed #JordanEdwards is a good start but if I murdered someone at work, firing would be the least of my concerns", Lee Merritt said on Twitter. Jordan's older brother who was driving the vehicle was detained overnight without reason and didn't learn of his brother's death until the next day.

"Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys", it said.

We have updates regarding the shooting and killing of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards this past Saturday. "That was exclusively on me".

On Tuesday, the chief accepted responsibility for the wrong information, which he said he released after relying on Oliver's account of what happened, the News said. Fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards was fatally struck in the head. His family on Tuesday described him as a loving child with a "humble and sharing" spirit. Jackson said, "Their boy was brutally murdered, violently murdered in front of his brothers".

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