Roy Oliver, a Texas police officer has officially been accused of murder in the killing of an unarmed black teenager, and now has a warrant out for his arrest.
After reviewing evidence, the Dallas County Sheriff’s department has decided that Oliver “intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death.”
Oliver shot at a group of teenagers inside of a car trying to leave a party, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. He and another officer were responding to a call about a wild party, with alcohol, and possibly drugs involved.
The Daily Mail has more:
Edwards and his two brothers and two other teenagers were driving away from an unruly house party in Balch Springs late Saturday night when Oliver opened fire on their vehicle with a rifle.
The bullets shattered the front passenger-side window and struck Edwards.
liver and another officer had turned up moments earlier to investigate reports of underage drinking.
The Balch Springs Police Department initially claimed the vehicle was reversing towards officers in an ‘aggressive manner’ until body camera footage revealed the youngsters were actually driving away when Oliver began shooting with his rifle.
According to the Edwards family attorney, Lee Merritt, the teens were driving away from the officers when Oliver opened fire with an AR-15 rifle, fatally wounding Jordan as he sat in the front passenger seat.
The shooting led to protests calling for Oliver to be charged. About 200 people attended a vigil Thursday night in Balch Springs.
The warrant issued on Friday states that any peace officer may arrest Oliver, and that Oliver could also turn himself in to authorities.