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Cop Who Killed Jordan Edwards Fired, Family Calls for Criminal Charges

11 May 2017

Roy Oliver, a six-year veteran with the department in Balch Springs, Texas, was sacked Tuesday, Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced in a press conference.

At the time of the shooting, the department released a statement describing the shooting, claiming the vehicle Jordan was in moved "aggressively" towards the officer who was responding to a call about intoxicated minors at the party. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber told a news conference the video contradicted an earlier version he had released of the events where he said the auto was in reverse and heading toward the officer. The Dallas County medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. Police arrived at the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint and spotted the vehicle leaving.

Originally, Haber said when officers arrived on the street, they heard gunfire and a vehicle filled with passengers backed towards them in reverse.

In a press conference Monday, Haber revealed that after viewing the officer's body cam footage, he discovered the vehicle was actually driving away from the officers as Oliver fired, not toward him as the former officer first stated.

During the meeting NGAN member Reverend Jeff Hood said he told Dallas DA Faith Johnson how important it is that her office do all they can in terms of pursuing charges against Oliver. Oliver opened fire as the teenagers were driving away. Oliver shot his rifle at the auto striking and killing Edwards through the passenger's side window. He also added that the video of the incident raises questions about whether the shooting was necessary, saying he doesn't believe it "met our core values", The Washington Post reported.

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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.

Oliver and another officer responded to a 911 report of drunken teenagers walking around a neighborhood.

Last year, Tulsa, Oklahoma police officer Betty Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher in the middle of a roadway.

Department spokesman Pedro Gonzalez said that while police were inside the house, they heard gunshots outside.

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

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Edwards' family expressed satisfaction with Oliver's firing but said there's still a rough road ahead.

"We are declaring war on bad policing".

The teenager's friends described him as a good student and popular athlete. An officer shot his rifle through the front passenger side window and struck Edwards, said Lee Merritt, an attorney for Edwards' family.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office's Public Integrity Unit includes a specialized group of experienced attorneys and investigators. And he was a social butterfly who was the one who wanted to go to the party, she said.

The Dallas County district attorney and sheriff are conducting the criminal investigation. 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.

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Jordan's family expressed gratitude that Oliver was sacked but said in a statement "there remains a long road ahead" toward justice.