The Texas cop who shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy leaving a party Saturday night, then lied by claiming the boy was in a car driving in an “aggressive manner” towards police, has been fired.
And by the looks of it, it won’t be long before Roy Oliver is criminally charged.
After all, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber – who initially stood by Oliver’s account that he shot and killed Jordan Edwards to protect fellow officers – was quick to backtrack his statements after watching the body cam footage showing the car driving away from officers when Oliver fired his rifle, striking the boy in the head.
The footage has not been released, but things are moving swiftly in Texas, much swifter than we normally see after police shootings where it usually takes months to “investigate” something that should be determined in minutes.
According to the New York Times:
It happened again, this time on a residential street in this working-class Dallas suburb. A police officer shot and killed a black teenager on Saturday night under questionable circumstances, thrusting him, his department and his city onto the national stage.
On Tuesday, the chief of the Balch Springs Police Department announced that he had fired the officer who used a rifle to shoot into a moving vehicle full of teenagers and killed Jordan Edwards, 15, as he was seated in the front passenger seat.
The officer, Roy Oliver, joined the department in July 2011. The police chief, Jonathan Haber, declined to say what policies were violated, citing Mr. Oliver’s right to appeal the termination. Chief Haber said he made the decision based in part on the department’s internal affairs investigation, which has been completed, and the body-camera footage from the two officers at the scene, Mr. Oliver and another unnamed officer.
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