Jordan Edwards shooting: Ex-Texas police officer charged

Ivan Schwartz
July 18, 2017

Jordan was in a auto with his brother and friends when he was shot in the head by Oliver after leaving a party on April 29. Then, citing the Impala's driver, the suit says there was shouting - "stop the f--ing vehicle!" - but before the driver could respond, Oliver fired at the Impala.

Police had initially said the vehicle reversed "aggressively" towards the officer, but footage discredited the claim, showing the auto driving forward, away from him. He was also indicted on four counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon by a Public Servant.

Shots from Oliver's rifle pierced the front passenger window, hitting Edwards in the head as he sat in the front seat.

Oliver, who first joined the Balch Springs police in 2011, was sacked shortly after the fatal shooting this past April.

If convicted, he would be the first police officer convicted of murder in Dallas county since 1973, the report adds.

Oliver was sacked in May after department officials said that his actions had violated department policies.

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A date for Oliver's sentencing has not been set.

"A murder indictment for Roy Oliver is appropriate", Merritt wrote on Twitter, "but the fact is it's been +40 years since a cop was convicted in TX".

A former Dallas suburb policeman was indicted on Monday by a grand jury for murder for using a rifle to kill a black teenager in a auto moving away from the officer, in a case fueling a national debate over possible racial bias in US policing.

In a separate case, Oliver was indicted in June on charges of threatening a woman with a firearm after a traffic accident on April 16, court documents showed.

"It is important to let our community know that justice is proceeding effectively and thoroughly at the Dallas County DA's Office", DA Johnson said.

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