Texas policeman charged with murder over teenage death

A police officer has been charged with murder after shooting a teenager who was a passenger in a car as it drove away from a house party in Dallas.

Roy Oliver opened fire on the vehicle, killing Jordan Edwards, 15, with a single bullet in the head last Saturday.

Police initially said the car reversed “aggressively” towards the officer, but then admitted that was not the case.

The police use of lethal force against African Americans has been a subject of fierce protest and debate for years.

The Dallas County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for Mr Oliver’s arrest on Friday.

In a statement, the office said there was evidence to suggest Mr Oliver “intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death of an individual”.

The tragedy unfolded after police responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party in Balch Springs, a Dallas suburb.

Officers were inside the home trying to find the owner when they heard what they believed to be gunshots, and people began to flee from the house in panic.

Edwards was with his two brothers and two other friends in a car that left the party at this time.

Mr Oliver opened fire with a rifle, shooting Edwards as he sat in the front passenger seat.

The police officer was fired by the department earlier in the week.

A vigil was held for Edwards on Thursday night.

4 Responses to Texas policeman charged with murder over teenage death

  1. smiley May 6, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Lord how many times this have to happen ? Life in prison no parole

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  2. Mazie Taylor
    Mazie Taylor May 6, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Life

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  3. Jennifer May 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    This will go on until…………………………………….
    What we are dealing with is a serpent killer people. These KKK members are now under the disguise of the police, FBI, CIA, Judiciary, churches, health, and other prominent organizations carrying out the same onslaught on the same people.
    All praises to this fallen brother from the tribe of JUDAH. The judgement of the holy one of ISRAEL is soon at hand.

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  4. Othneal May 6, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    The Police are agents of the state.If the State doesn’t value the lives of dark skinned people neither does the Police.
    America was colonised (invaded) by the psychopaths (deported criminals) of Europe. That includes Scotland the ancestral home of the KKK and Ireland the ancestral home of most of the Police in America, both overtly racist countries. Wearing a uniform authorises them to do what America has always done, kill black people.
    @Jennifer, I share your despair, however it is too soon to assume that anything has changed. An arrest doesn’t necessarily equates to a conviction.

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