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There just may be some justice for Jordan Edwards. The Texas police officer who fatally shot the 15-year-old while he was leaving a house party with friends has now been fired.

The officer, identified as Roy Oliver, a six-year veteran of the Balch Springs Police Department in suburban Dallas, “violated several departmental policies,” the department said.

Polie Chief Jonathan Haber told reporters he couldn’t specify what policies were violated because Oliver can appeal his firing.

Jordan, a high school freshman, was killed Saturday night when police fired multiple shots at the vehicle he was in with his older brother and other teenagers. One of the bullets hit Jordan in the head, and he later died from the injury.

Oliver had been placed on paid leave following the incident. He initially claimed that Edwards and his friends were “driving aggressively” towards him, prompting him to shoot.

Haber said that claim was false on Monday. After viewing officer body camera video, authorities said that the vehicle was actually driving away from the officers. “In a hurry to get the statement out, I misspoke,” Haber said Monday. “I take responsibility for that.”

Police said in a statement Tuesday evening that officers went to the house where the large party was taking place after receiving reports that several minors were intoxicated.

They converged on the teenagers’ vehicle when they heard “multiple gunshots,” police said. No details of the reported gunfire were provided.

Jordan’s family has since released a statement on his murder.

“We would first like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts, prayers, and condolences as we mourn the tremendous loss our family and community has suffered. We know that so many of you share in our loss. At this time, we ask that you please be respectful of our family, and allow us the opportunity and space to grieve. This entire ordeal has been inescapable.

Jordan was a loving child, with a humble and sharing spirit. The bond that he shared with his family, particularly his siblings, was indescribable. Not only have Jordan’s brothers lost their best friend; they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless murder. Their young lives will forever be altered. No one, let alone young children, should witness such horrific, unexplainable violence. 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. We do not support nor do we condone any violence or threats made against the Balch Springs Police Department or any other law enforcement agencies.

What we desire, only second to having our beloved Jordan back, is JUSTICE FOR JORDAN.”

With All of Our Love,

The Edwards Family

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NAACP Image Awards: Twitter Goes Wild Following Ava DuVernay’s Powerful Speech

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Ava DuVernay went viral on Monday night after she delivered one heck of a speech during the NAACP Image Awards.

The female director was named Entertainer of the Year and during her acceptance speech, took a moment to speak about the Black community using our voices to create change.

“This is our time,” DuVernay said while talking about Black power players such as Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris. “We can say we were here when all this gorgeous art was happening, and that we supported it — that we lifted each other up, that we did as Dr. King said we would do: Live the dream. We’re the dream.”

Following the impeccable speech, viewers jumped on social media to praise DuVernay for her powerful message. “ acceptance speech on the got me JUICED to be an actor in Hollywood at this time,” one person tweeted.

Someone else wrote, “OK, redemption for the losses AVADUVERNAY , ENTERTAINER OF year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

See full list of winners from the televised show below:

Entertainer of the Year
Ava DuVernay

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Octavia Spencer, Gifted (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Motion Picture
Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tracee Ellis Ross, black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Comedy Series
black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Omari Hardwick, Power (Starz)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX)

Outstanding Drama Series
Power (Starz)

NON-TELEVISED AWARDS

TELEVISION

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Jay Ellis, Insecure (HBO)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Marsai Martin, black-ish (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Joe Morton, Scandal (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Naturi Naughton, Power (Starz)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited, Series or Dramatic Special
The New Edition Story (BET)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special
Idris Elba, Guerrilla (Showtime)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited,Series or Dramatic Special
Queen Latifah, Flint (Lifetime)

Outstanding News/ Information, (Series or Special)
Unsung (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series
The Real (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series
The Manns (TV One)

Outstanding Variety or Game Show, (Series or Special)
Lip Sync Battle (Spike)

Outstanding Children’s Program
Doc McStuffins (Disney Junior)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited Series)
Caleb McLaughlin, Stranger Things (Netflix)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special), Individual or Ensemble
Roland Martin, News One Now (TV One)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special), Individual or Ensemble
LL Cool J, Lip Sync Battle (Spike)

 

RECORDING

Outstanding New Artist
SZA (RCA Records/Top Dawg Entertainment)

Outstanding Male Artist
Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Female Artist
Mary J. Blige (Capitol Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Kendrick Lamar feat. Rihanna (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Jazz Album
Petite Afrique, Somi (Sony Music/OKeh)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
Greenleaf Soundtrack Volume 2, Greenleaf Soundtrack (RCA Inspiration)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album
“That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional
“That’s What I Like”, Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Album
DAMN., Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary
“HUMBLE.”, Kendrick Lamar (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope)

 

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
The Annotated African American Folktales, Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Editor), Maria Tatar (Editor), (Liveright Publishing Corporation)

Outstanding Literary Work, Non-Fiction
Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, Dick Gregory (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work, Debut Author
No One Is Coming to Save Us, Stephanie Powell Watts (Author), (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work, Biography / Autobiography
Becoming Ms. Burton, From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women, Susan Burton (Author), Cari Lynn (Author), Michelle Alexander (Foreword By), (The New Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Reigniting our Sacred Dreams, Dr. Tererai Trent (Author), Oprah Winfrey (Foreword By), (Simon and Schuster)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
Incendiary Art: Poems, Patricia Smith (Author), (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History, Vashti Harrison (Author), (Hachette Book Group)

Outstanding Literary Work, Youth / Teens
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, Rita Williams-Garcia, (Author), Frank Morrison (Illustrator), (Amistad/HarperCollins Publishers)

 

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Idris Elba, Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel Studios)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
Detroit (Annapurna Pictures)

 

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary (Film)
STEP (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Documentary (Television)
The 44th President: In His Own Words” (History)

 

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Janine Barrois, Claws, “Batsh*t” (TNT)

Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series
Gina Prince-Bythewood, Shots Fired, “Hour One: Pilot” (Fox)

Outstanding Writing in a Television Movie or Special
Abdul Williams, The New Edition Story – Part 2 (BET)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele, Get Out (Universal Pictures)

 

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Anton Cropper, black-ish, “Juneteenth” (ABC)

Outstanding Directing in a Dramatic Series
Carl Franklin, 13 Reasons Why, “Tape 5, Side B” (Netflix)

Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie or Special
Allen Hughes, The Defiant Ones (HBO)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture
Jordan Peele, Get Out (Universal Pictures)

 

ANIMATED/CGI

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance
Tiffany Haddish, Legends of Chamberlain Heights” (Comedy Central)

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