Texas Police Have Fired The Officer Who Shot And Killed Jordan Edwards

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After a rapid investigation, the police chief in Balch Springs, Texas, has dismissed the officer who shot and killed Jordan Edwards, 15, on Saturday.

The six-year veteran was one of two officers who responded to reports of drunken teenagers at a house party Saturday, April 29.

The family of the black teenager shot and killed by a white police officer while riding in a vehicle leaving a party wants criminal charges filed against the officer, who was sacked for violating department policies during the shooting. "I acted on them", Balch Spring police chief Jonathan Haber said on Tuesday evening. Haber did not explain which policies Oliver was sacked for violating, citing the appeal as the reason.

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In a press conference Monday, Haber revealed that after viewing the officer's body cam footage, he discovered the vehicle was actually driving away from the officers as Oliver fired, not toward him as the former officer first stated.

"After Jordan's two brothers, Vidal and Kevon, along with their two friends, were forced to experience this tragedy up close as occupants of the auto, they were immediately treated as common criminals by other officers - manhandled, intimidated and arrested, while their brother lay dying in the front seat", the Edwards family said in a statement. "We will now wait for the independent investigation being conducted by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office and the Public Integrity Unit with the District Attorney's Office to run their course". He and the other teenagers made a decision to leave the unruly party when they heard gunshots and police arriving, Edwards' family attorney Lee Merritt said. Authorities are investigating what led Oliver, who was sacked, to shoot Edwards as he was sitting in the passenger seat of a moving auto.

"After Jordan's two brothers, Vidal and Kevon, along with their two friends, were forced to experience this tragedy up close as occupants of the vehicle, 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.

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In the official report officers at the scene had said shots were fired after they repeatedly ordered a vehicle backing down a driveway to stop. "The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded".

Edwards' family will hold the teen's funeral on Saturday.

The brother who was driving pulled over and tried to motion to police for help, she said. "Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys".

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On Tuesday, the chief accepted responsibility for the wrong information, which he said he released after relying on Oliver's account of what happened, the News said. "Their young lives will be forever altered".

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