On Monday, former Texas police officer Roy Oliver was indicted on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault for the shooting that led to the death of 15 year old Jordan Edwards, back in April.
The officer, who was called to the scene due to a report of under aged drinking, fired his patrol rifle into a vehicle containing Edwards and four other teenaged friends. Edwards, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was shot in the head and died at the scene. The incident became just one of the several reports of the unarmed shooting death of a black person at the hands of a white officer. However, this event has progressed a lot more quickly and efficiently than others.
Within a week of the shooting, it was realized that Oliver’s account of the story, which was that the vehicle was coming toward him, was false. Bodycam footage revealed that the vehicle was leaving. Oliver was fired from the force and arrested on suspicion of murder. This marked the first time in the county that an arrest warrant was issued for an officer, before a decision on indictment was reached. And now, just two months later, Dallas’ District Attorney, Faith Johnson, revealed in a press conference, standing in front of Edwards’ parents, that a grand jury has decided to indict the disgraced officer.
Police shootings are not rare in Texas. But what is rare is a cop’s motives being questioned. When they are, indictments and charges usually take a lesser nature such as manslaughter or aggravated assault. However, sources close to D.A. Johnson, reveal that she is eager to gain a conviction in this case, to set a precedent of accountability in law enforcement. We’re standing right there with you you, D.A. Johnson. Let’s hope that this time, justice is served.