BALCH SPRINGS, Texas – The cop named Roy Oliver, who shot and killed a 15-year-old black boy named Jordan Edwards who was riding in a vehicle after leaving a party, has been fired from his job.
The family of the teenager who died asked to file criminal charges against the cop.
On Tuesday, Oliver was terminated as he violated the policies of the department by shooting the teenager.
5 teenagers, which included Edward, 2 of his brothers and 2 of his friends, were going back home after enjoying a party when the cops approached the scene as they were reported of underage drinking. When Oliver saw a vehicle leaving, he started firing on it.
Initially, the cops said the vehicle in which the teenagers were travelling was reversing in an aggressive way towards the cops due to which the cop started firing. However, on Monday, it was said that the recorded video showed the teenagers’ vehicle moving away when the cops fired at it.
Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett are the lawyers representing Edward’s family. They said bullets entered from the front side passenger window and struck Edwards as he was riding in the front seat. His brother was behind the wheel of the vehicle.
The case is under investigation by the Dallas County district attorney and the Dallas County sheriff’s office.
A large number of social media users have posted about the incident using the hashtag “#jordanedwards,” and many of them compared it with the shooting of other young black men such as 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was shot back in 2014 just because he was holding a pellet gun.
On Tuesday, a statement was released by the police department in which it was written that the cops entering the house heard gunshots ring out during a “chaotic scene with numerous people running away from the location.” As they went outside the house, they saw a vehicle reversing and driving away, ignoring commands of the cops to stop at the spot.
Edward’s family wants the cop to be fired from his job and charged for the offense. They also want disciplinary action against other cops who “extended this nightmare for those children.” The statement released by the family added, “Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys.”
Oliver’s lawyer, Cindy Stormer, said about the incident that it was “recent and still being investigated”. She added, “Everyone should wait until the facts come out and we know more.”
According to friends of the dead teenager, he was a good student and he was also good at sports.
Merritt said they decided to get back home by leaving the party as they heard the sound of shooting and because the cops were approaching.
According to Crockett, as they left the party, the brother behind the wheel of the vehicle heard several gunshots that were close enough to leave his ears ringing. After a few seconds, they saw Edwards leaning on the seat and it was not confirmed if he was dead.
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