Texas Police Officer Who Fatally Shot A Black Teen Who Was Trying To Leave A House Party Is Fired – BuzzFeed News
Police arrived at a raucous house party on Baron Street Saturday around 11 p.m. and were attempting to find the owners of the home when they heard multiple gunshots coming from outside “causing a chaotic scene with numerous people running away,” Officer Pedro Gonzalez explained Tuesday.
A neighbor told the Dallas Morning News that about 100 teens were at the house party and several cars were blocking people’s driveways. Lisa Roberson, whose son threw the party while she was out of town, told the outlet that her son said there was no alcohol at the house.
After the first officer arrived, the teens quickly scattered, neighbors said. Oliver, the second officer, arrived shortly after.
Officers confronted the vehicle Jordan was riding in, which was backing down the street, and shouted at it. The car then pulled forward as Oliver approached, still giving verbal commands, police said. The teens continued driving away from the scene and Oliver then opened fire, striking the 15-year-old passenger in the head. Jordan died from his wounds after being transported to a local hospital.
But Haber conceded at a news conference Monday that the officers’ account was inaccurate, and that after reviewing dash cam footage, it was clear the vehicle was “moving forward” as the officers approached.
“After viewing the video, I don’t believe that it met our core values,” Haber said.
While Jordan’s family vowed it would fight to ensure all officers involved “would be properly reprimanded,” they urged people not to commit violence against law enforcement, or protest or march in their son’s name.
“What we desire only second to having our beloved Jordan back, is JUSTICE FOR JORDAN,” they wrote.
Jordan, an honor student and athlete, was “very well liked by his teachers, coaches, and fellow students,” the Mesquite Independent School District said in a statement.
“The entire district — especially the staff and students of Mesquite High School — are mourning this terrible loss,” it concluded.