Police officer who shot and killed Texas teen is fired


The police officer who shot and killed a Black 15-year-old Jordan Edwards in suburban Dallas was sacked on Tuesday, as the teenager's family and protesters still demanding answers and justice.

A Texas police department has changed a key detail in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager, amid mounting calls for the officer to be arrested.

On Tuesday, the Chief of Police of Balch Springs, Jonathan Haber announced at a press conference that Oliver has been dismissed.

Oliver, who was a six-year veteran of the police department, was second on the scene to a noise complaint about the party at 11pm.

The suburban Dallas department had said Sunday in a news release that the auto, in which 15-year-old Edwards was the front-seat passenger, was "backing down the street towards the officers in an aggressive manner." .

On Monday, Haber said body camera footage showed the auto was driving forward, away from the officers - not reversing toward them.

Jordan died from a fatal wound to the head, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office.

According to the attorney, Lee Merritt, other officers needed to be disciplined as well.

"We are grateful the decision has been made to terminate the officer responsible for Jordan's murder", the statement read. They also draw comparisons between Edwards' death and other previous police shootings of young Black men.

They converged on the teenagers' vehicle when they heard "multiple gunshots", police said.

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Haber told reporters he released the mistaken information based on an account given to him by the officer and that the video recording showed the vehicle was moving away.

In a statement released Tuesday, Jordan's family's described him as "a loving child, with a humble and sharing spirit". The Balch Springs police chief said Oliver's actions "did not meet our core values".

His 16-year-old brother and three friends were detained at the scene and taken to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, where they were interviewed as witnesses.

"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. "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".

"Officers confronted a vehicle backing down the street", the revised account says, but, despite officer commands, the auto did not stop.

Originally, Haber said when officers arrived on the street, they heard gunfire and a auto filled with passengers backed towards them in reverse. They didn't have alcohol or weapons, Merritt said.

"In fact, according to the video that I viewed, the vehicle was moving forward as the officers approached".

"We support the Balch Springs Police Department, but we do not support this officer", said Angela Singletary, who's a member of the city's Citizens Patrol.

"We are declaring (a) war on bad policing", Merritt said Monday.