Former Texas police officer Roy Oliver was found guilty of murdering unarmed black teen Jordan Edwards. Last year, Oliver and his partner were responding to a call about a house party when they heard gunshots. They saw a group of teens in a car and ordered it to stop. Oliver shot at the car, saying it was headed towards his partner and he feared his partner’s life was in danger. His partner, Officer Tyler Gross, however previously testified that he did not fear for his life and didn’t feel the need to fire his weapon. As it turns out, the gunshots were coming from nearby a nursing home. Yesterday, the jury came back with a guilty verdict. Now, Oliver could face up to life in prison.
The Edwards family attorney Daryl Washington said, “This case is not just about Jordan, it’s about Tamir Rice, it’s about Walter Scott, it’s about Alton Sterling, it’s about every African American … who has been killed and has not gotten justice.”
The verdict came Tuesday afternoon on the second day of deliberations. The jury was made up of 10 women — five white, three Hispanic and two black — and two white men.