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