Ex-Texas Cop Who Killed Jordan Edwards Has Just Been Found Guilty Of Murder: Report
Roy Oliver, the Texas police officer who shot and killed 15-year-old black teenager Jordan Edwards, has been found guilty of murder.
A Texas jury found Oliver guilty of murder on Tuesday after firing five bullets into a car full of teenagers as they were leaving the Dallas suburb of Balch Springs in April 2017.
Edwards, who was in the passenger seat at the time, was struck and killed by one of the bullets.
“It’s been a hard year … I’m just really happy,” Edwards’s father, Odell, told reporters at the courthouse after the verdict on Tuesday.
According to Oliver’s claims, the vehicle he shot at was trying to run over his partner. But his own body-cam footage and multiple witnesses debunked Oliver’s claims and proved that the car was driving away from the officer.
According to reporters who were at the courthouse on Tuesday, Edwards family cheered after the verdict was announced.
Daryl Washington, Edwards’s lawyer, said the verdict is not just about justice for Edward and his family, but for the families of all unarmed black people killed by police.
“This case is not just about Jordan,” Washington told reporters. “It’s about Tamir Rice, it’s about Walter Scott, it’s about Alton Sterling, it’s about every unarmed African American who has been killed and who has not got justice.”
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