Texas, USA teenager Jordan Edwards killed by police

This video from the USA says about itself:

Press conference from the family of Jordan Edwards, the teen fatally shot by Balch Springs police

1 May 2017

The 15-year-old boy who was killed by a Balch Springs police officer was shot with a rifle, the Dallas County medical examiner’s office said Monday. Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School, was leaving a party over the weekend when he was shot through the passenger’s side window of a vehicle, attorney Lee Merritt said.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

US: Family of black teen killed by police prosecution

Thursday 4th May 2017

FAMILY members of black schoolboy Jordan Edwards are demanding that criminal charges be filed against the Dallas police officer who shot him dead at the weekend.

The police department in suburban Dallas has since sacked the officer, identified as Roy Oliver, who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan as he was riding in a vehicle after leaving a party with his two brothers and two other teenagers Saturday night.

Mr Oliver was dismissed for violating department policies in the shooting, said police chief Jonathan Haber.

Police arrived at the scene of the party to investigate an underage drinking complaint and spotted the vehicle leaving.

Mr Oliver opened fire with his rifle as the teenagers were driving away, hitting Jordan in the front passenger seat.

Police originally claimed that the teenagers’ vehicle had been reversing “in an aggressive manner” toward officers, but Mr Haber admitted on Monday that video proved that the vehicle was actually driving away.

A family statement released on Tuesday night called for disciplinary action against other officers who “extended this nightmare for those children.”

“Our family is working hard to deal with both the loss of our beloved Jordan and the lingering trauma it has caused our boys,” it said.

Police in Balch Springs, Texas, shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old African American boy Saturday night. Jordan Edwards was shot in the head through the driver’s side window of the vehicle he was in as he and several other teens were driving away from a party the police had been called in to break up: here.

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3 thoughts on “Texas, USA teenager Jordan Edwards killed by police

  1. Texas police officer who killed teen charged with murder

    Just before Saturday’s police killing, the Balch Springs, Texas officer who killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards as he was being driven away from a party, was arrested on a murder charge. Bail for the officer was set at $300,000.

    The officer, Roy Oliver, posted bond within a few hours and was out of the jail before 10 p.m. Saturday—a courtesy that would not be extended to a working class youth charged with a similar crime.

    Oliver, who is white, justified his murder of Edwards, who was black, by claiming that the car was backing up “aggressively” at him. Police were quickly forced to admit that the car, driven by Edwards’ brother, was actually driving away from Oliver. The department fired him on Tuesday.

    Edwards, who was a freshman at Mesquite High School in the Northern Texas town of 25,000, was buried on Saturday. His service was attended by more than 800 people.

    The arrest of an officer for even the most egregious of police killings is rare, and a conviction is uncertain, given the wide leeway the Supreme Court has granted police to kill ordinary people.



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