Officer Guilty of shooting Unarmed Jordan Edwards

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Jordan Edwards

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Texas officer has received a guilty verdict for killing unarmed black teen leaving a house party last year, Jordan Edwards.  15-year-old Edwards, was traveling with three other teens when Roy Oliver of the Balch Springs Police Department fired into the moving car striking Edwards who was sitting in the front passenger seat. 

The disgraced officer said that he opened fire after seeing the vehicle move toward his partner.  He claims he thought his partner was in danger—his partner flat denied feeling any fear from the vehicle, he said he never felt the need to pull his weapon. 

According to reports prosecutors said Oliver was out of control and looking for a reason to kill and the shooting was unreasonable.  Due to the unbalanced number of unarmed black shootings this shooting launched the small time into a race discussion. 

Experts in the case said it would be difficult to secure a conviction due to the region and criminal culpability in on-duty shootings are subjective. 

No gun was found in the car of teens.   

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