Cop charged with murder after shooting teen

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 8, 2017

Grieving friends and family will turn out Saturday for the funeral of Jordan Edwards, the unarmed 15-year-old boy shot dead last week by a police officer who is now charged with murder.

The warrant was issued based on evidence suggesting Oliver "intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly unsafe to human life that caused the death", the Associated Press reported.

A suburban Dallas police officer was charged with murder after killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards on April 29.

"It has been determined that Roy Oliver, who was the second officer on the scene, violated several departmental policies", Pedro Gonzalez, Balch Springs Police spokesperson, confirmed. He was released from jail after posting bail on Saturday.

"In an email from one of the prosecutors he states you were a 'scary person to have in our workroom, '" then-Balch Springs police chief Ed Morris wrote in the suspension findings. As the family of a black teenager slain by a white police officer calls for an indictment and more investigation, the Dallas suburb where he die.

The shooting, which took place on April 29 in a primarily black and Hispanic neighborhood in Balch Springs, about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Dallas, stoked simmering tensions over perceived racial bias in US policing.

"Although this does not take away the excruciating pain caused by the loss of a son, brother and friend", Lee Merritt, the attorney for the Edwards family, said in a statement, "the announcement that the appropriate warrant has been issued for the arrest of Roy Oliver on the charge of murder has brought a bit of reprieve in a time of intense mourning".

Police initially said oliver opened fire because the auto was reversing toward officers.

He points to the 2015 shooting in SC of black motorist Walter Scott by officer Michael Slager.

An attorney for Oliver didn't respond to requests for comment. The bullets shattered the front passenger-side window and fatally struck Edwards. At the same time, the Dallas County Sheriff's Department along with the Dallas County District Attorney's Office started to investigate the case on their own.

The funeral for Jordan Edwards, 15, was held on May 6, 2017.

Oliver was sacked on Tuesday for the fatal shooting that occurred April 29 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Oliver also was ordered to take training courses in anger management and courtroom demeanour and testimony.

After this terrible incident, Oliver was placed on administrative duty.

He received an award for "meritorious conduct" as a dispatcher and there were no documented complaints or disciplinary action in either his work as a public safety officer or dispatcher, according to the statement.

Oliver has also served in the army, rising to the rank of sergeant while serving two tours in Iraq and earning various commendations. He served for two years in the Texas National Guard reserves through 2012.

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