Officer Who Shot Jordan Edwards Fired by Police Chief
In what could be the first steps towards justice, the police officer who shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards this past Saturday has been fired by the Balch Springs, Texas police chief.
Edwards was shot while in a car as he and his 16-year-old brother along with their friends were leaving a house party in a Dallas suburb. Police were responding to noise complaints and one officer, who has been identified as Roy Oliver, shot Edwards through the passenger side window fatally wounding him in the head. Edwards’ death was ruled a homicide by the Dallas County medical examiner.
Along with firing Oliver, the department ruled his use of force violated several policies and they have plans to quickly release information about the investigation.
The Edwards family attorneys, Lee Merritt and Jasmine Crockett, were satisfied with the police department’s quick efforts to fire the officer.
“No other city has moved at the rate Balch Springs has,” said Crockett on Tuesday night.
“It’s just unbelievable. It’s absolutely unbelievable that a department did what a department should do.”
Oliver’s attorney, Cindy Stormer, gave a statement to the Dallas Morning News saying, “We cannot make any comments at this time. The incident is recent and still being investigated. Everyone should wait until the facts come out and we know more.”
An investigation is underway through the Dallas County district attorney and Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.
The next step is to see if Oliver will be arrested and face murder charges.