The Texas cop who shot and killed a black high school freshman has been fired.
The Balch Springs police officer, who has been identified as Roy Oliver, was fired after an an internal affairs investigation concluded he violated multiple department policies. His dismissal was announced by officials on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.
“After reviewing the findings I have made the decision to terminate Roy Oliver’s employment with the Balch Springs Police Department,” chief Jonathan Haber told reporters. “My department will continue to be responsive, transparent and accountable.”
Oliver shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards at 11 p.m. on Saturday. According to the report, officers got a call about intoxicated teenagers and they arrived to find a house party.
Department spokesman Pedro Gonzalez said that while police were inside the house, they heard gunshots outside. According to the Washington Post, they left the house to see a vehicle backing into the street. Officers yelled for the driver to stop, but he didn’t. Police began shooting and a bullet hit and killed Edwards, who was riding in the passenger seat.
Initially, police claimed the vehicle reversed “aggressively” at the approaching officers. That statement was later retracted as a body camera video showed that the vehicle was driving away from officers when Oliver opened fire.
“It has been determined that Roy Oliver, who was the second officer on the scene, violated several departmental policies,” Gonzalez said.
Edwards is the youngest of the 333 people shot and killed by police so far in 2017, according to a Washington Post database that tracks such shootings.
Edwards' family’s attorney, Lee Merritt said none of the teenagers in the car had been drinking at the party, and they were not charged with any crimes.
[Photo of Edwards courtesy of Mesquite Independent School District]
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