Texas police officer charged with murder of black 15-year-old leaving house party

A US police officer has been charged with murder after a black teenager was shot dead in a car in Texas.

Roy Oliver fired his rifle at a car full of teenagers leaving a party in Dallas, fatally wounding 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

Police had been called to the address to investigate a complaint of underage drinking and spotted the car leaving.

Police claimed the teenagers’ car was backing up toward officers “in an aggressive manner”, but later said body camera video showed the vehicle actually driving away from the officers.

Oliver fired at the car, piercing the front side passenger window and hitting Jordan who was sitting in the front seat, his family’s attorneys claim. He was shot in the back of the head as his 16-year-old brother was driving away from the house.

Jordan had been in the car with his two brothers and two other teenagers when the incident occurred. It took a few moments for the other passengers to notice that he was slumped over in his seat.

The sheriff’s office said an arrest warrant had been issued on Friday based on evidence that suggested Oliver “intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death.”

The former Balch Springs officer was later released after posting bail at the Parker County Jail in Weatherford, 95 miles west of Dallas. His bond had been set at $300,000 (£230,000).

The investigation into the shooting “will continue and does not conclude with the arrest,” sheriff’s spokesperson Melinda Urbina said.


Texas police officer Roy Oliver faces a murder charge in the shooting of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards (AP)

Records show that Oliver was briefly suspended in 2013 following a complaint about his conduct while serving as a witness in a drink-driving case.

Personnel records from the Balch Springs Police Department show Oliver was suspended for 16 hours in December 2013 after the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office filed the complaint. Oliver also was ordered…

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