It took three days for the authorities in Balch Spring to fire Roy Oliver who had reportedly killed an unarmed 15-year old boy. While taking action against the official who killed the teenager in cold blooded manner, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber said, “From our policies, which I went by, there were violations. I acted on them”.
Reports suggest that police officer Roy Oliver shot his rifle into a vehicle in which several teenagers were travelling. Reports suggest that the youth were actually returning from a party Saturday night. The police officer shot inside the vehicle despite knowing the presence of the children in the moving car.
A 15-year old boy Jordan Edwards received the bullet in his head. Reports suggest that his siblings saw him die a painful death in utter horror.
Reports suggest that the chief refused to divulge details of Oliver’s policy violations his right to appeal his termination and ongoing inquiries by the Dallas Sheriff’s Department and the Dallas County district attorney’s public integrity unit.
The 37-year old Roy Oliver shot at Jordan Edwards with a rifle through the passenger side window. Police department claim that the officer actually violated several department polices, leading to his termination, which he can appeal within 10 days.
In a tweet, Edwards’ attorney, Lee Merritt said “Firing the officer who killed #JordanEdwards is a good start but if I murdered someone at work, firing would be the least of my concerns…Another family ripped apart by police brutality. There was absolutely no justification for this murder.”
While talking to the KTVT-TV, he said “They were simply leaving a party where they believed danger was…So I can’t wrap my mind around why an officer decided to shoot into the car.”
It is being said that officers responded to the 12300 block of Baron Drive about 11 p.m. Saturday after receiving a 911 call reporting “several underage kids drunk walking around,” Balch Springs Police said in a press release posted Sunday. While this may be the case, what had stopped the officer from trying to stop the car and see if the kids were really inebriated? Who had given him right to shoot at the children from point blank range? Or was it done only because he knew that all the underage ‘drunk’ kids were black and not white?
A KTVT-TV reporter Gabriel Roxas in a report said that a huge house party was attended by many “unsupervised teens”. The officers “arrived to investigate,” and “during the investigation, officers heard gunfire,” police said in the press release. Officer Pedro Gonzalez, the police department’s spokesman, said the officers were inside the house when they heard the gunfire, which caused a “chaotic scene with numerous people running away from the location.” Gonzalez said the officers left the house and saw a car backing toward the street. Gonzalez went on to add that an officer asked the car occupants to stop, but they ignored his instruction. On the contrary, the driver backed into the roadway, before continuing to drive down the main road.
The KTVT-TV report said that this prompted the officer Roy Oliver to opened fire shooting multiple times with his rifle.
People are outraged at the shooting and the killing of the young boy by a white police officer. To be true, there are multiple incidents of this kind taking place regularly in the US, showing the antipathy towards black runs deep in the society.