Ex-Dallas Area Officer Indicted for Killing Unarmed Teen

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A former Dallas-area police officer was indicted yesterday on murder and other charges over a deadly April encounter in which authorities said he fired at a car, killing an unarmed black 15-year-old passenger, CNN reports. Roy Oliver, 37, formerly of the Balch Springs police department, was indicted in the death of Jordan Edwards, Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said. Oliver, who is white, “discharged multiple rounds from his patrol rifle as the vehicle drove past him” on April 29, according to an arrest warrant. One bullet struck Jordan as the teenager rode in the car with the group, including two brothers.

The five were driving away from a house party after reportedly hearing shots. Jordan, an honor student and standout athlete at Mesquite High School, near Dallas, died from a fatal gunshot wound to the head. “I have a personal guarantee to Jordan, his family, this community that we will prosecute this case vigorously,” Johnson said. Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber fired Oliver, a 6-year veteran of the department, shortly after the shooting, with the department saying the officer “violated several departmental policies.” Johnson said it was the first time Dallas authorities had issued an arrest warrant for an officer before the case was presented to the grand jury. Oliver remains free on $700,000 bond.

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