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Jordan Ewards. Photo – courtesy of the Edwards family

BALCH SPRINGS, TEXASThe suburban Dallas police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black teenager and honor student riding away from a house party has been fired, the police chief stated, but the family wants the cop tried for murder. 

Roy Oliver, who shot Jordan Edwards, 15, through the passenger side window as he and his family and friends rode away from a teen party, was terminated on Tuesday, the police said. 

Police originally said they were called to reports of underage drinking when they heard gunshots. 

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber earlier said that his officer shot the student after the car he was in reversed towards officers “in an aggressive manner,” but later changed the story to admit the car was pulling forward and away. 

“It did not meet our core values,” Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said at a press conference. Haber said Tuesday that Oliver, with the department since 2011, can appeal his termination. 

Police have yet to release the body camera video of the incident where a bullet struck Jordan in the head. The officer was placed on administrative leave before Tuesday’s firing when Balch Springs Police said he violated department policies. 

Haber said officers in the town are discouraged from firing at moving vehicles even when a car is headed towards them, with guidelines saying that cops should “attempt to move out of its path, if possible, instead of discharging a firearm at it or any of its occupants.” 

Haber said the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the shooting as a potential crime, but he did not indicate if the officer will face charges. 

Jordan’s family has repeatedly called for Oliver to be tried for murder. 

“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,” family lawyer Lee Merritt said on Twitter. 

“We are grateful the decision has been made to terminate the officer responsible for Jordan’s murder. Over the past 24 hours Chief Haber has made commendable strides toward justice,” the attorney added in a statement. 

“However, there remains a long road ahead.” 

Oliver’s lawyer Cindy Stormer told the Dallas Morning News that her client will not comment yet on the termination or the circumstances surrounding it. 

“The incident is recent and still being investigated. Everyone should wait until the facts come out and we know more,” she said, according to the paper. 

Jordan’s family pleaded with the public not to march or protest and to abstain from threatening the Balch Springs Police Department. 

“What we desire only second to having our beloved Jordan back, is Justice for Jordan,” the family’s statement read. 

 

 

 

Terry Shropshire

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  • Oak510finest

    Now that this race soldier has been fired. The next step is to charge, convict and sentence him to life in prison for his cowardly act.

    Let’s see if they impose the same treatment for him as they did those two black and latino cops who were sentenced to lengthy prison terms last month for “accidentally” shooting a six year old child. These cops were doing their job and and trying to protect themselves from a violent drug addict who tried running them over.

    • nosey rosy

      they will not so dont hold your breath .texas is racist and racist protect their own , the courts are racist to , anyone smile in your face in texas is usually in fear and hate of you ..

  • nosey rosy

    balch springs is really sub of dallas , dallas cops are know to be racist , the black ones are uncle toms where you feel like they are not really there just doing a job , dallas cops are short handed and angry due to a pension plan that has gotten cut out , there is always racial divide in dallas , and i dont know where they recrutit their cops from but i got a feeling its right in texas . all cops are not bad true , but i knew dallas would be the next city where a cop shot a child because cops dont visit black communities and connect with black people , in dallas black cops ride around in the black areas , and white cops show up to shot and kill , racism is fear , and if you got a white man in uniform dont think , racism and fear of black men will stop ,, white men have told them self for so long the black man is an enemy til they belive this , and most blacks are friendly with whites and dont want drama, when their out of uniform they wouldnt dare even speak to a black , texas is racist , get it RACIST 100x worst than down south mississppi florida and alabama . .texas is the king of racist , that is where all the kkk are raisted there is a area called east texas , the citys in there are terrell , paris , crockett, palestian , corsicana , waco ,waxahatchie , and any city close to houston is called east texas , this is the area back in the 50s thru 70s kkk members migrated from alabama , they still fly confedrate flags and james bird was dragged from a truck by some racist whites . up in them woods called east texas ,you dont want to be caught there with out of state tags and your black , you will disappear , so this boy being killed was killed by an east texan i bet you . they like to cover crime and lie to protect, and if the grand jury is up there from east texas , you will get no justice for a cop killing .. the blacks are ok dokie to ,, them two rev wright a black preacher and his followers called for no protest over this boys killing?/??/ said the family wants no protest . .well they all are east texas ..,any black from east texas will fight with the kkk not against them . . rev wwright is a big tom . he runs a cult like church with blacks people who act like the living dead “” and he collects money ,and the whites trust him . and he them . .. the family of the dead boy must be influence by this tom.. he got on the evening news talking about ., dont march…. mean time protestors are ready to shut him down …. this is a time to protest a child was killed