The family of slain Balch Springs teenager Jordan Edwards received some good news yesterday, May 2, in regards to the employment status of the policeman who shot and killed their son. Following last Saturday night’s tragic incident, officer Roy Oliver has been permanently released from duty.
According to FOX4, the announcement was made Tuesday afternoon via a news conference held by Balch Springs police chief Jonathan Haber. He would not give a concrete reason for Oliver’s termination from the force, on which he was hired back in 2001, but merely stated that the cop “violated several departmental policies”.
Haber did, however, finally accept full blame for misreporting the police footage filmed via the officer’s body camera. He admits that, in a rush to get the information out to the public in order to “be transparent”, not all the facts were properly gathered before making a statement and as such he “missed a step”. As reported by CBS DFW, community activists Rev. Ronald Wright and Ernest Walker stood behind Haber during his announcement.
The step the police chief is referring to is that of correctly reporting whether the Balch Springs teen had actually been driving in reverse towards the two officers on scene, which was the initial story told to the media. However, upon a closer look it became undeniable that Edwards and his friends were simply driving away from the area, after leaving a house party that had gotten out of control and led to the police being called in regards to underage drinking. Despite misreporting the incident, however, Haber feels that the Balch Springs Police Department did the best they could to take action following the situation playing out, whereas some law enforcement officials evade the reality of what has happened for as long as they can before looking into it.
Although the family is “grateful”, as per their own statement, for the officer’s termination, it is not good enough in their eyes. First Coast news reveals that the mother and father of Jordan Edwards are still waiting to hear whether the Balch Springs cop will indeed be criminally charged in the murder of their son. This matter, however, is in the hands of the district attorney.
Despite the firing of Roy Oliver, Edwards’ family attorney is still gunning for prosecution. Lee Merritt referred to the shooting as both unnecessary and full of “sheer recklessness”, given that the boys were merely leaving what they felt had become a dangerous environment.
By Lorelai Zelmerlow
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