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Officer who killed unarmed black 15-year-old fired, identified by department

A police officer in Texas who fired multiple rifle rounds into a vehicle full of teens Saturday night - killing a 15-year-old boy - was sacked Tuesday, police said.

"After reviewing the findings I have made the decision to terminate Roy Oliver's employment with the Balch Springs Police Department", chief Jonathan Haber told reporters.

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 auto driving in an "aggressive manner" towards police, has been fired. Police first said the vehicle he was in was aggressively backing towards officers. But during the departmental investigation Chief Haber said video contradicted that information and that the vehicle was driving away from Officer Oliver when he fired his weapon.

Since learning that the now-fired officer Roy Oliver's initial report did not match the footage of the body cameras that he and another officer were wearing at the time of the incident, there has been a call for the Dallas County District Attorney's office to file charges against Oliver. "Their young lives will forever be altered", his family said. He added that the officer's behavior "did not meet our core values".

"The magnitude of his awful actions can not be overstated", the family's statement, released by Merritt, said.

Read the full statement from the Edwards family in the tweet below. Officers yelled for the driver to stop, but he didn't.

Jordan Edwards, as seen in an undated family photo provided by attorney S. Lee Merritt.

The Dallas County District is now completing an independent investigation of the shooting. The cause of death was listed as a rifle wound to the head, according to ABC affiliate WFAA in Dallas.

"I just tried to speak to them from the heart about what I was feeling and to be very open and honest about my emotions", Fleener said.

The police department's latest statement, released Tuesday night, says officers entering the house heard gunshots ring out during a "chaotic scene with numerous people running away from the location". A copy of the 2016 version, obtained by the Post, specifically instructs officers to move out of the way of an oncoming vehicle when possible, rather than opening fire.

City Manager Susan Cluse did not address the department's hiring practices, but said the police chief routinely tries to hear community concerns and had attended a "coffee with a cop" event on Saturday, before the shooting.

Police ordered him to step out of the vehicle and back away.

"We are declaring (a) war on bad policing", Merritt said Monday.

"While our family attempts to cope with our loss, we ask at this time the community please refrain from protests and marches in Jordan's and our family's name as we prepare for his funeral". WFAA was told that Balch Springs was told by the Dallas County District attorney not to release it.

"They're moving in the right direction, however it's not almost enough", she said.

"Once again our nation has been gripped with the death of an unarmed African-American teenager after what seemingly appeared to be the aggressive tactics of a law enforcement official".


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