On Tuesday, the Balch Springs police officer who fatally shot Jordan Edwards was fired. Police Chief Jonathan Haber announced the officer’s status was changed after he was placed on administrative leave following the shooting on Saturday, according to CNN.
Police said that Roy Oliver, the former officer, “violated several departmental policies” in his actions that night. Haber made the decision to terminate Oliver after an internal investigation. More details weren’t provided because Oliver has the option to appeal the decision for 10 days.
The Edwards’ family and their attorney, Lee Merritt, have commended the police department for its transparency and accountability during this process. After Haber initially “misspoke” about what happened that night, he spoke to the family and informed the public that the car carrying Edwards and other teenagers was actually driving away from police.
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“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 car, 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. “The officers who extended this nightmare for those children ought to be properly reprimanded.”
The Dallas Morning News reports that 80 percent of the police officers in Balch Springs are white, even though three out of four residents are people of color. This disproportionate police presence has been cited in other cities where unarmed black citizens have been shot by officers.
Jordan is the youngest of the 333 people shot and killed by police so far this year.