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US Justice Department to probe police shooting of Texas teen

17 May, 2017, 07:21 | Author: Lorena Waters
  • Jordan Edwards

The group says it will lay a wreath in memory of Jordan Edwards and all children who were killed by police in Dallas County and across the country.

Edwards' family and its attorney said Johnson advised them of the federal investigation during a meeting Thursday.

The murder warrant issued against Oliver was based on evidence that suggested Oliver "intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly unsafe to human life that caused the death", the Dallas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The Dallas D.A.'s office is conducting its own separate investigation. The race of the fired officer was not revealed. It is unclear who fired the shots.

According to the warrant, one officer went toward where he heard the shots while Oliver went to retrieve his patrol rifle before heading toward where the shots had come from.

Former Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver, 37, is facing murder charges in connection with the April 29 shooting of the 15-year-old.

Edwards is the youngest person killed by police this year, according to a Washington Post database.

Like Ferguson, Balch Springs has a small white minority in its population but an overwhelming white majority in its police department. "It's just unbelievable. It's absolutely unbelievable that a department did what a department should do".

The shooting occurred on April 29, when Edwards and his friends were leaving a party after hearing gunshots. His two brothers were in the auto with him and watched him die, an Edwards family lawyer has said.

Edwards was described as a good student and popular athlete by family and friends.

"They're moving in the right direction, however it's not nearly enough", she said. A review of the footage resulted in Haber's comments on Monday, seeming to corroborate Merritt's version of events. Instead, Crockett said, he was detained and handcuffed. Although the department first stated the shooting occurred because the vehicle was backing up towards Oliver in an "aggressive manner", Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber retracted the statement after details of the evening unraveled.

The twin teenage brothers in the back seat of a vehicle that was sacked upon by a Texas officer now charged with murder said in an interview that as they were driving away all they "heard was a cop start shooting the auto".

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