The police officer that is responsible for the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was fired on Tuesday. According to CNN, police said to reporters that the officer, Roy Oliver, “violated several departmental policies.” Police Chief Jonathan Harber said he made the decision to terminate Oliver after “reviewing the findings of an internal investigation.”
The officer now has 10 days to appeal his termination. Harber said, “The past 67 hours have been challenging for all us. My heartfelt condolences to the parents of Jordan Edwards, and we support them in their time of need.” Prior to his termination, Oliver was placed on administrative leave, but had not been charged or arrested for the shooting.
Oliver being fired comes the day after the Police Chief admitted that he “misspoke,” on the incident after body camera footage showed the car Edwards was riding in was actually moving away from officers and not reversing towards them.
Jordan Edwards’ family released a statement and said, “We would like to thank everyone for their kind words, thoughts, prayers and condolences as we mourn the tremendous loss our family and community has suffered.”
Our prayers and thoughts are with the Edwards family