What we know so far about the police shooting of Jordan Edwards


On April 29, a police officer of the Dallas Police Department fatally shot Jordan Edwards, an unarmed, 15-year-old, African-American teen, as Edwards and other unarmed teens were driving away from him. The police department, which originally misstated key aspects of the story, said officers responded to a 911 call about "drunken young people", entered a house party, heard gunshots outside, exited the residence to investigate, issued verbal commands toward a auto leaving the scene, and then Oliver fired his rifle into the vehicle, striking Edwards.

The Balch Springs Police Department confirmed that officer Roy Oliver was terminated for violating "several department policies" during the fatal Saturday night shooting of Jordan Edwards.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced Oliver's termination at a press conference Tuesday evening, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Police originally said the teenagers' vehicle was reversing "in an aggressive manner" toward officers, but Haber said Monday that video taken at the scene proved the vehicle was actually driving away. 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 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.

Balch Springs police officers have been instructed not to discuss the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting death of Jordan Edwards.

The Balch Springs Police Department has offered conflicting views of the crucial moments that happened next. One of the bullets hit Jordan in the head, and he later died from the injury.

In a statement, Edwards' family described him as a loving child who had a humble and sharing spirit. Edwards' parents are calling for the officer to be arrested.

Merritt has told CNN that, at this time, Jordan's family wishes to grieve privately until after the funeral.

Odell Edwards wipes away tears as he sits with his wife Charmaine Edwards listening to their attorney Lee Merritt talking about the death of their son Jordan Edwards in a police shooting Saturday in Balch Springs Texas

"That was exclusively on me in a rush to get the information out, to be transparent, because it's important for us to be transparent because we have to be responsible to our community partners", he said.

However, on Tuesday, Haber fired Oliver after an internal investigation into the shooting, the New York Times reported.

Lee Merritt, an attorney representing the boy's family, said the teen killed was high school freshman Jordan Edwards.

"The family is in it for the long haul", Merritt said.

The family asked that the community refrain from marches and protests, and said they do not condone violence against law enforcement officers.

Read the full statement from the Edwards family in the tweet below.

"The spotlight's on them and it shouldn't be just on the police officers", said the Rev. Ronald Wright.

Officers left the house, and saw a vehicle backing into the street, Gonzalez said. "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".

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