DOJ to Investigate Ex-Officer's Fatal Shooting of Texas Teen

DOJ to Investigate Ex-Officer's Fatal Shooting of Texas Teen

DOJ to Investigate Ex-Officer's Fatal Shooting of Texas Teen

"We want to see a genuine effort, with all resources available, to prosecute not only the officer that has been named, Roy Oliver, but every officer involved in wrongdoing, in the cover up, and the harassment of Jordan Edwards' brothers - and the injustice on that evening", said Lee Merritt, an attorney representing the family. His 16-year-old brother was driving. That same day he turned himself in to the Parker County Sheriff's Office and was released on a $300,000 bond later that night.

Dallas County prosecutors have charged former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver, 37, with murder in connection with the April 29 shooting of Jordan Edwards, 15.

The Dallas D.A.'s office is conducting its own separate investigation. Jordan, who was in the passenger's seat, was shot in the head. According to a report, cops were already in the area responding to a call of drunken teens around 11 p.m. when they heard the gunshots.

Edwards is the youngest person killed by police this year, according to a Washington Post database.

The group is asking for a deeper probe into the Balch Springs Police Department and its practices. "It's just unbelievable. It's absolutely unbelievable that a department did what a department should do".

"I'm Charmaine Edwards. I was Jordan's mother and still am Jordan's mother", said Charmaine to the crowd of supporters.

The suit says the young men were trying to leave the area where the sounds resembling gunshots were heard, the driver heard someone yell "stop the f-ing vehicle!" and before he could respond or react Oliver opened fire into the Impala, with the rounds entering the front passenger door and striking Edwards.

Edwards' family declined to speak to reporters. He opened fire on the vehicle containing five people including Jordan and his two brothers. A review of the footage resulted in Haber's comments on Monday, seeming to corroborate Merritt's version of events.

Balch Springs' Police Chief, Jonathan Haber, quickly fired Oliver for violating Department protocols.

In the case of Ferguson, Missouri, the Department of Justice investigated both whether the fatal shooting of Michael Brown merited civil rights charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson and whether there were systematic issues of civil rights violations inside the city's police department.

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