Roy Oliver was convicted for the murder on the Tuesday fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager when he fired into a car full of teenagers leaving a house party in a suburb of Dallas.
The family of a black teenager who was killed by a Texas police officer who fired his weapon in a car leaving a house party and punched the officer of 15 years ‘ imprisonment.
Jordan Edwards, 15, was unarmed when Roy Oliver, a police officer in Balch Springs, fired into a car that was filled with teenagers. Edwards, who is in the front passenger seat, was shot.
The police initially said the vehicle backed up toward officers “in an aggressive way,” but later admitted that the bodycam video showed the vehicle was moving forward as officers approached. Oliver’s partner told jurors he did not believe his life was ever in danger.
“He can actually see life again after 15 years and that is not enough, because Jordan can’t see the life again,” Edwards’ stepmother, Charmaine Edwards, said Oliver, after he was convicted Wednesday night.
“He can actually see life again after 15 years and that is not enough, because Jordan can’t see the life again”
– Charmaine Edwards, Jordan’s stepmother
Oliver’s wife testified, saying in Spanish through an interpreter that she was worried about their 3-year-old son, who is autistic. But the ex-officer’s half-sister testified against him, saying they felt compelled to do this after listening to testimony during the trial and that she hoped he gets what he deserves.”
Earlier Wednesday, Dallas County district attorney, Faith Johnson, said Oliver was a “killer in the blue” and told jurors they could send a message that bad officers will not be tolerated.
Investigators said no weapons were found in the vehicle. Oliver was firedfrom the Balch Springs Police days after the shooting.
Odell Edwards, and Charmaine Edwards, the parents of Jordan Edwards, react to a guilty of murder verdict during a trial of fired Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver.
The jury, which was furnished with two black members of the 12 jury members and two alternates, acquitted Oliver on two lesser charges of aggravated assault resulting from the shooting.
It is extremely rare for police officers to be tried and convicted for murder for the shootings that took place while on duty. Only six non-federal police convicted of murder in such cases — and four of those convictions were set aside — since 2005, according to data compiled by the criminologist and Bowling Green State University professor Phil Stinson.
Edwards’ father has also filed a civil lawsuit in connection with the shooting. The decision of the jury is not only about Jordan Edwards, but also all the other black men and women who have been killed and not received justice, said Daryl Washington, an attorney for the teenager’s father.
The Associated Press contributed to this report