The father of Jordan Edwards is suing the former Dallas-area police officer accused of shooting and killing his 15-year-old son in a vehicle that was leaving a house party, the Washington Post reports. The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Dallas argues that former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver used excessive and deadly force and that the police department did not adequately train the officer, who had “a reputation for having a short fuse.” The lawsuit was filed after investigators said Oliver fired his rifle into a vehicle full of teenagers on April 29, fatally shooting Jordan.
Jordan’s father, Odell Edwards, claims that Balch Springs city leaders “failed to properly train, supervise, screen, discipline, transfer, counsel or otherwise control officers who are known, or who should have been known, to engage in the use of excessive force and/or deadly force, including those officers repeatedly accused of such acts.” Jordan is the youngest of the 345 people who have been fatally shot by police in 2017, according to a Washington Post database. About 25 percent of those have been black, and about 7 percent of those killed were unarmed at the time they were shot. At least 10 people fatally shot by police this year were under 18.