Chief Fires Texas Cop Who Shot Black Teenager Riding in Car

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Three days after he killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy, Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver was fired, reports the Dallas Morning News. “From our policies, which I went by, there were violations. I acted on them,” Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said Tuesday. Oliver fired his rifle into a vehicle full of teenagers Saturday night as they were driving away from a party. Jordan Edwards was fatally struck in the head, with two brothers beside him in the vehicle. After originally reporting the vehicle had been aggressively driving toward officers, Haber said video footage showed the teenagers were driving away when Oliver opened fire.

Oliver, a six-year police veteran, is white. Edwards was African American. The racial component has drawn comparisons to other controversial police shootings nationwide. Although the department said its internal investigation had concluded, the chief refused to detail Oliver’s policy violations, citing the officer’s right to appeal his termination and ongoing inquiries by the Dallas Sheriff’s Department and the Dallas County district attorney’s public integrity unit. “You have my assurances my department will continue to be responsive, transparent and accountable,” Haber said. Attorney Cindy Stormer, a former prosecutor who is representing Oliver, declined to comment in detail and asked the public to be patient during the investigation. Sgt. Jon Craker of the Balch Springs Police Association also declined to comment, saying Haber had instructed officers not to speak publicly about the shooting.

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