Police in suburban Dallas fired the officer Tuesday who shot and killed a black 15-year-old boy riding in a vehicle leaving a chaotic house party, taking the swift action sought by the teenager's family and protesters who link the case to other deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement. "The attorneys for the family of Jordan Edwards questioned that narrative, and shortly after they held a press conference on Monday afternoon, Balch Springs' police chief came out and said that his review of the video contradicted what [the officers] had said the day before, and that actually, the vehicle was driving away when the officer opened fire".
In his first statement, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said officers heard gunshots after responding to a call of drunken teenagers, and one officer fired his gun when a auto started backing towards them "in an aggressive manner".
Chief Haber said Oliver violated several department policies in the shooting, but wouldn't elaborate on the specific violations, citing the now terminated officer's right to appeal.
The Dallas County medical examiner ruled Edwards' death a homicide.
"What [the chief] said gives the implication that the officer was in danger behind the vehicle and shot into the auto, but the bullet came through the front passenger side window", said Merritt, according to The Huffington Post. Officers were called to the scene to investigate an underage drinking complaint.
The Balch Springs police chief has expressed his condolences to the teen's parents.
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As new developments in the death of Jordan Edwards, including contradictory police accounts, arrive daily, let's take a look at what we know so far.
After Haber's announcement, Edwards' family praised the decision to fire Oliver, but called for the officer's indictment. Video showed the vehicle was backing away and Oliver shot into the auto, hitting Edwards.
"While our family attempts to cope with our loss, we ask that at this time the community please refrain from protests and marches in Jordan's and our family's name as we prepare for his funeral", the family's statement continued. We anxiously await the officer's identification and arrest for the crime of murder.
The Dallas County district attorney and the Dallas County Sheriff's Department are continuing to investigate the case. Two of his brothers were in the auto and watched him die, a family lawyer said. After heading into the house to try to break up the party, the chief said Oliver heard gunshots outside.
Jordan Edwards was 15-years-old and a freshman at Mesquite High School. The department also found that Oliver's use of force violated many of its policies, and said that it plans to continue to quickly release information regarding the continuing investigation.
"Their original statement talked about the vehicle backing down the street towards the officers in an aggressive manner", says Merchant.
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