US Ex-police officer charged with murder for killing black teen in Texas

00:06  18 july  2017
00:06  18 july  2017 Source:   Reuters

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A former suburban Dallas policeman was indicted by a grand jury for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager who was in a car moving Roy Oliver, 37, a white officer who was fired by the Balch Springs Police Department for policy violations a few days after the shooting, was also charged with

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Politimann siktet for drap på 15-åring i Dallas: Politimannen Roy Oliver er siktet for drapet på 15-åringen Jordan Edwards. Foto: Parker County Sheriff's Office / AP / NTB scanpix© Leveres av NTB Politimannen Roy Oliver er siktet for drapet på 15-åringen Jordan Edwards. Foto: Parker County Sheriff's Office / AP / NTB scanpix

DALLAS - A former suburban Dallas policeman was indicted by a grand jury for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager who was in a car moving away from the officer when he opened fire with a rifle, Dallas County prosecutors said on Monday.

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Roy Oliver, 37, a white officer who was fired by the Balch Springs Police Department for policy violations a few days after the shooting, was also charged with four counts of aggravated assault relating to the death of Jordan Edwards, 15, in late April.

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DALLAS (Reuters) - A former suburban Dallas policeman was indicted by a grand jury for murder in the shooting death of a black teenager who was Roy Oliver, 37, a white former Balch Springs police officer , was also charged with four counts of aggravated assault relating to the death of Jordan

HOUSTON — Roy D. Oliver II, the white police officer who was fired and charged with murder after killing an unarmed black teenager in April in a Dallas suburb, is facing a new round of legal problems after a complaint that he pulled his gun on a driver about two weeks before the shooting.

The shooting, which took place in a primarily black and Hispanic neighborhood in Balch Springs, about 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Dallas, stoked simmering tensions over perceived racial bias in U.S. policing.

"It is important to let our community know that justice is proceeding effectively and thoroughly at the Dallas County DA's office," Faith Johnson, the county's district attorney, said in a statement.

Lawyers for Oliver and the Edwards family were not immediately available for comment.

Two of Edwards' brothers were in the car with him and watched him die, a family lawyer said.

Police originally stated the car with the teens was moving toward the officer at the time of the shooting, but said later that a police body camera showed the car was moving away from Oliver when he shot at it.

Edwards, a black high school student described by family and friends as a standout student and athlete, was struck by a bullet to the head and died.

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