Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Former Texas officer indicted for murder in death of Jordan Edwards

A mourner holds a funeral program May 6 with Former Balch Springs Police Officer Indicted For Murder
Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 02:43

Oliver initially claimed the vehicle, driven by one of Edwards' brothers, had reversed into the officers, justifying his decision to open fire on the Chevy Impala. The former police officer first said he opened fire on a auto of teenagers with a rifle after he heard gunfire and the vehicle started to reverse toward him "in an aggressive manner". The bullets shattered the front passenger-side window and struck Edwards.

On Monday, a grand jury indicted him on the murder charge as well as four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official, in connection with the four other teens who were in the auto at the time, the Tribune reported.

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

The charges against Oliver come on the heels of the indictment of three Chicago officers for interfering in the investigation of the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Hopefully, it is a message we're sending to bad police officers. Haber said officials reviewed the body cam footage and found that the vehicle was moving away - not toward - the officers responding to the scene. Oliver has a right to appeal the firing, the department said after his dismissal.

Johnson said it was the first time authorities there had issued an arrest warrant for an officer before the case was presented to the grand jury.

Cindy Stormer, who was previously listed as Oliver's attorney, could not be reached on Monday.

"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".

Oliver, who has since been fired from the police department, faces two other assault charges connected to a separate road rage incident, in which he is accused of threatening two people with a gun. No date has been set for the trial.

"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.