An unarmed Texas teenager was shot and killed, which led a Dallas County grand jury to return a first-degree murder indictment against the police officer who killed him.
Balch Springs cop Roy Oliver shot and killed Jordan Edwards with an AR-15 rifle.
Now he’s facing 99 years in prison.
Oliver was already charged with two counts of aggravated assault, but Dallas County DA Faith Johnson’s office just announced new charges this afternoon, while the officer is still out on a $700,000 bond.
“It’s very important to let our community know that justice is proceeding effectively… at the Dallas County DA’s Office,” said Dallas County DA Faith Johnson in a press release embedded below, “This is the very first time we have issued an arrest warrant for a police officer before the case was presented to a grand jury.”
Initially, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber defended the officer by falsely advising the public that Edwards was menacing the cop, then fired Oliver two days later only after viewing the dash cam footage proving that the officer had fired at the vehicle as it sped away.
Then Oliver’s parents blamed PTSD for the officer’s murderous use of an official firearm.
Jordan Edwards was an above average student, whose only crime was attending a house party when Officer Oliver was called to the scene.
There’s no real answer why Edwards fired at the teenagers because he was responding to a call about drunk people on foot.
No arrests were made by Officer Oliver.
In fact, Edwards’ car was never even stopped by the Balch Springs cop.
Jordan Edwards was riding in the front passenger seat of his 16-year old brother’s car when they discovered he’d been hit in the head by a bullet and was already dead when they arrived at a hospital.
The boys were all part of the same football team and decided to leave the party when Oliver fired the fatal shots, which ironically prompted the teens to seek help from a nearby police cruiser.
Little did they know that police would try to cover up the killing almost immediately.
The video of Oliver’s heinous shooting is still being withheld pending trial.
Here’s the Dallas County DA’s press release: