Roy Oliver, the Texas police officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, has been charged with murder. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he turned himself in shortly thereafter, reports Dallas News.
Oliver had shot Edwards as the boy left a party. Oliver claims he had gotten complaints about "drunken young people" before shooting the teen in the head. Police reports on the incident were directly contradicted by evidence collected from body cameras.
Lee Merritt, an attorney for the Edwards family, explained the necessity of this prosecution: “I think it begins to at least give the appearance that the state is not going to sweep this clear wrong under the rug as it’s done in the past ... However we also have to learn from history that we don’t have a conviction yet. And so we still have some ways to go.”
Oliver had already been fired for "violating department policy." He now potentially faces up to life in prison.
“Although we realize that there remain significant obstacles ahead on the road to justice, this action brings hope that the justice system will bend against the overwhelming weight of our frustration,” wrote Edwards' family.
“Though we understand what his life and death mean symbolically, we are not ready to make a martyr of our son,” they added, asking for people to refrain from protesting during Jordan's funeral.
Despite the increased attention paid to police misconduct in recent memory, police convictions are incredibly hard to come by, leading many to conclude there are significant structural problems with the law enforcement at large.
[Photo: Parker County Sheriff's Office]