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


- The Balch Springs police officer who shot and killed a 15-year-old boy leaving a party over the weekend has been fired.

A suburban Dallas police chief acknowledged that an officer who fatally shot a black 15-year-old in a moving vehicle fired as the auto was driving away, not as it reversed toward officers, as the department had previously asserted.

Officer Roy Oliver of the Balch Springs Police department in suburban Dallas fired at a vehicle Jordan Edwards was riding in with his two brothers and friends.

Edwards was struck by a bullet in the head after a police officer fired on the auto he was riding in as he left a house party with his brother Saturday night.

However, hours after the first statements, Haber said body camera footage of the incident showed the auto was driving forward, away from the officers, not reversing toward them.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the family called for other officers who "extended this nightmare for those children" to face disciplinary action.

The family later said that while they are grateful that Oliver has been fired, "there remains a long road ahead". "They were immediately treated as common criminals by other officers; manhandled, intimidated and arrested, while their brother lay dying in the front seat", the family said.

The Dallas County district attorney, which has a unit dedicated to investigating police shootings, and the Dallas County sheriff's office are investigating the case.

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Balch Springs police were sent to a house party at about 11:00pm on April 29 after a 911 call reported "several underage kids drunk walking around".

Jordan's 16-year-old brother and their three friends were detained at the scene and taken away from Jordan's wounded body to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department, where they were eventually interviewed as witnesses. The other officer who responded is still employed. Oliver shot his rifle at the vehicle striking and killing Edwards through the passenger's side window.

Police announced Tuesday night that Officer Roy Oliver had been fired.

Oliver, who was hired in 2011, had been placed on administrative leave but hasn't been charged or arrested in the fatal shooting of the honor student. The vehicle pulled forward as the officer continued to approach it giving verbal commands, and then continued on the main roadway driving away from the officer.

A vigil was held at the school on Monday evening, and the school district said they are "mourning this awful loss".

In its revised account of that night, the department said officers arrived on the scene "and discovered a large party" that, according to the Morning News, included about 100 teens, some of whom were blocking driveways outside.

Edwards is the youngest of the 333 people shot and killed by police so far in 2017, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such shootings. The teenager's brothers "witnessed firsthand" what happened, Merritt said.

"We do not support nor do we condone any violence or threats made against the Balch Police Department or any other law enforcement agencies", the family said. Merritt stressed the importance of charging the officer in the case, something that rarely happens when unarmed black people are killed by police.