Ex-Texas cop sentenced for unarmed teen’s murder

A white former Texas policeman is jailed for fifteen years over the deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a Dallas surburb last year. Ryan Brooks reports.

DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (CBS NEWSPATH / KTVT) – Ex-Texas police officer Roy Oliver was sentenced to fifteen years in prison on Wednesday (August 29) for fatally shooting unarmed black teenager Jordan Edwards in a Dallas suburb.

The same jury convicted him of murder the day before and deliberated for twelve hours before deciding on his sentence.

It’s a rare instance of an officer being found guilty of murder in the killing of an unarmed person.

A lawyer for the Edwards family thanked the district attorney’s office.

“They had the courage to take on the bad police officer because of that that in itself is a victory.”

In April 2017, Oliver was responding to reports of underage drinking at a house party in Balch Springs, southeast of Dallas.

Prosecutors say he fired five shots from a rifle into a car full of teens as it was driving away.

Oliver’s defense attorney said the vehicle was a threat to Oliver’s partner and he’d reacted to save him by firing into the car.

Edwards, a 15-year-old standout student-athlete, was struck in the head and later died.

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