Roy Oliver: Ex-police officer jailed for Jordan Edwards shooting

Oliver said he had felt he "had no other option than to use lethal force"

An ex-police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for shooting dead an unarmed black teenager in Texas.

Roy Oliver, who is white, fired a rifle into a car that was driving away from a party in Dallas in April 2017, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

It is very rare for police officers to be convicted in shooting deaths. Oliver’s lawyers say they intend to appeal against the verdict.

Jordan’s family say the jail sentence is too lenient.

“He can actually see life again after 15 years – and that’s not enough because Jordan can’t see life again,” his stepmother, Charmaine Edwards, said.

What happened on the night of the shooting?

On the night of 29 April 2017, police responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party in the suburb Balch Springs.

Jordan's friends described him as a "happy kid" who was always smiling

Jordan’s friends described him as a “happy kid” who was always smiling

Officers were inside the home trying to find the owner when they heard outside what they believed to be gunshots, causing panic at the home as people fled.

According to police documents, Oliver’s partner, Tyler Gross, attempted to stop a car full of teenagers leaving the party.

He walked up to the passenger door of the car and punched the window, breaking it.

Oliver then fired several times into the car – shooting Jordan, who was in the front passenger seat, in the back of the head.

Oliver said he believed the car was reversing “aggressively” towards his partner.

However, bodycam footage showed that the car was actually driving away from police when the shots were fired.

Officer Gross later told the court that he had not felt his life was in danger and had not felt the need to use his gun.

Oliver was fired by police shortly after the shooting.

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