The Texas Officer Who Fatally Shot Jordan Edwards Is Appealing His Termination

The Texas police officer who fatally shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards has been fired. Now, the family attorney of the slain boy is calling for much more than that.

Mariya Moseley May, 03, 2017

The police officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Jordan Edwards has been fired, the Balch Springs Police Department confirmed Wednesday. 

Roy Oliver, a six-year veteran of the department, fatally shot the 15-year-old honor student in the head while he was attempting to leave a house party over the weekend. 

According to NBC News, police say that Oliver “violated several departmental policies,” and that those specific policies cannot be discussed as there is potential for him to repeal the termination. According to Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Edwards family, Oliver is already attempting to appeal the decision.

Police Chief Jonathan Haber told reporters that the decision to fire Oliver comes after his actions were internally investigated. 

The termination of Oliver comes on the heels of authorities changing their story after initially stating that the car police fired upon was moving in “an aggressive manner.” That statement was contradicted by video footage captured on the scene. The police chief said that the vehicle was moving forward and away when shots were fired. 

“I take responsibility for that,” Haber said, according to CNN. He also added that the video of the incident raises questions about whether the shooting was necessary, saying he doesn’t believe it “met our core values,” The Washington Post reported.

Edwards, whose death was ruled a homicide, was riding in a vehicle with other teenagers, including his older brother. The high school freshman was described as a loving teenager and a straight-A student. 

“Firing the officer who killed #JordanEdwards is a good start but if I murdered someone at work, firing would be the least of my concerns,” Lee Merritt said on Twitter.

This is a developing story.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] You hear of stories like Jordan Edwards. What do you do to cope? Do you call into work black? Binge watch favorite movies? You just kind of vent with friends? What do you do? First and foremost, I have to take a minute to myself. A lot of times when you read things off of social media. It gets skewed. I have to come up and research and figure out exactly what's going on to absorb it and process it. Once I have the whole story, I pray first and foremost and then I just sit back and let my emotions hit me. A lot of times we also fight the emotions that come with it or we try to ignore them, and that's Not what we need to do to kind of positively address this. So first and foremost pray and then kind of just process. And I think what you're saying we have to feel something. Definitely, we wanna, whatever we're feeling, we wanna go with it. Alicia, you've been on the frontlines of protesting this type of violence as an activist How do you personally stay singing while fighting for our rights? Well the first thing for me, I think Silvana's totally right is just allowing yourself to feel. We get so much of this news all the time through so many different channels, that it can create a level of of apathy, there's so much information coming at us all times that I mean it's important to take a minute and just really feel and be in your feelings. But the other thing that's really necessary for me, is to keep fighting. So it can be disheartening in moments like this when we see yer another black person gun down for absolutely no reason. But what we also know is that the only way to change that dynamic is to fight for our lives, and so for me the way that I channel that rage, that anger is into love for For my people and that love gets expressed through the work that we do at Black Lives Matter and in other spaces throughout the movement [BLANK_AUDIO].


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