Officer who killed unarmed black 15-year-old fired, identified by department

On Tuesday, the Balch Springs Police Department chief announced that he had fired the police officer who shot into a moving vehicle and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

Edwards, whose death was ruled a homicide, was riding in a vehicle with other teenagers, including his older brother.

Mr Oliver was dismissed for violating department policies in the shooting, said police chief Jonathan Haber. "The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded as well", the family said.

According to the Washington Post, Jordan Edwards is the 333rd person shot by police in 2017, and so far, he is also the youngest. At the same time, the family of the victim, Jordan Edwards, is calling for criminal charges against in a case that has added to what seems like a grim fraternity of Black males killed at the hands of police.

When news of Edwards' killing first broke, Haber said that the vehicle had been "aggressively" driving towards officers, which is what prompted Oliver to shoot at the teenagers. Haber relayed this information, as he thought it to be true at the time, but later said he "misspoke" and, in an effort to provide information to the media and public as quickly as possible, did not follow the steps he should have before making a statement on the incident.

"After you've seen the scenario play out over and over, you're always building up this hope, and it seems like you're cut off right before you get to the promised land", Crockett said.

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"We are here to serve this community and we're going to continue to do our jobs and we're going to continue to do it to the best of our ability", Haber said.

Video from Oliver's body camera has not been released. As the father of a black son, I share the anxiety that many black parents feel when we hear about situations like this.


The police department's latest statement asserts that officers entering the house heard gunshots ring out during a "chaotic scene with numerous people running away from the location".

Edwards was described as a good student and popular athlete by family and friends.

"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 auto, they were immediately treated as common criminals by other officers - manhandled, intimidated and arrested, while their brother lay dying in the front seat", the Edwards family said in a statement. As officers approached the vehicle, police say it began to drive away. Spotting the vehicle leaving, Oliver opened fire from his rifle. It took a few moments before the people inside in the auto noticed Edwards slumped over, she said. "We anxiously await this officer's identification and arrest for the crime of murder", the family said in the statement.

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