Family of Texas teen: No more threats on police

Olive Rios
May 13, 2017

Police Chief Jonathan Haber told reporters that the decision to fire Oliver comes after his actions were internally investigated. The vehicle didn't stop, Balch Springs police say, despite Oliver's orders, so the police officer shot at the auto with a rifle. The department has completed its internal review and leaves Oliver's potential prosecution up to Dallas County investigators. Haber added that he wouldn't expand his comments on Oliver's termination because he is still able to appeal it.

Haber did not detail how the officer's actions violated policy. "My department will continue to be responsive, be transparent and accountable".

Edwards, a high school freshman, had got into a vehicle with four other teenagers to leave a house party as police were arriving to investigate an under age drinking complaint, according to his family's attorney, Lee Merritt.

The family later said that while they are grateful that Oliver has been fired, "there remains a long road ahead". We anxiously await the officer's identification and arrest for the crime of murder.

That is when one officer shot at the vehicle, striking Jordan Edwards, who was in the passenger seat, in the head.

"The bond that he shared with his family, particularly his siblings, was indescribable", his family said in a statement. He supports the chief and department, saying they're setting the right example.

This latest incident has sparked outrage both within the Balch Springs community and online.

Jordan Edwards was shot and killed while leaving a Texas party on Saturday night. The Dallas County Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office are now investigating the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards on Saturday, April 29.

Balch Springs police spokesman Pedro Gonzalez said the terminated officer was the second officer on the scene.

Police said the officers confronted a vehicle reversing down the street.

Mr Haber changed this claim on Monday after video evidence proved the teenagers' auto actually driving away from officers. He was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead. Neither officer was injured.

"It did not meet our core values", Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said at a press conference.

Edwards' family credited the police for correcting its mistaken statement and moving quickly to fire Oliver, but they still wanted the officer to be arrested for murder.

"The past 67 hours have been challenging for all us", Haber said.

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.

An active member of the football team, he was described as an A-student and an ambitious athlete.

Mr Oliver fired at the vehicle as it was driving away, piercing the front side passenger window and hitting Jordan who was sitting in the front seat, his family's attorneys claim.

The Dallas County District Attorney's Office will determine whether charges should be brought against Oliver. Authorities said a Dallas paramedic has been shot while responding to a shooting call.

Edwards, whose death was ruled a homicide, was riding in a vehicle with other teenagers, including his older brother.

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