US Justice Department to probe police shooting of Texas teen


Oliver fired a rifle at a auto full of teenagers leaving a party, fatally shooting Edwards who was a passenger in the vehicle.

After meeting with Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson Thursday afternoon, attorneys representing the family of Jordan Edwards believe the DA is committed to justice and securing a conviction against fired Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver.

Oliver was booked on a charge of murder and was released on a $300,000 surety bond, according to jail records.

Edwards was described as a good student and popular athlete by family and friends.

According to Reuters, Brittany Dunn, a spokesperson for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office confirmed in an email on Thursday that the Justice Department had opened an investigation into the shooting, which would run separately from that of the District Attorney's office. Although the department first stated the shooting occurred because the vehicle was backing up towards Oliver in an "aggressive manner", Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber retracted the statement after details of the evening unraveled.

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Community members have been demanding transparency on all levels of the shooting investigation.

The group is asking for a deeper probe into the Balch Springs Police Department and its practices.

Community members say they are concerned. His two brothers were in the vehicle with him and watched him die, an Edwards family lawyer has said. The attorneys for the Edwards family also announced that the Department of Justice is looking into the deadly officer-involved shooting case. "We think that we are finally getting somewhere". "We discussed the amount of evidence provided to our team, the communication and updates that will be provided to the family and what will be expected of the family in preparing for the prosecution".

The lawsuit portrays Oliver as a hothead, citing complaints made by Johnson's office alleging aggressive behavior and use of vulgar language while testifying as a witness in other cases. "So I don't see why they would fear just kids leaving a party". "We shouldn't have to fear the police when our parents teach us to respect them", passenger Maximus Everette, 15, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth in an interview that aired Monday.

Following Edwards' death, the Dallas County Medical Examiner's office ruled the shooting as a homicide, with Edwards killed by a rifle wound to the head.