The police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile was recently found to be not guilty. The officer who shot and killed Terrence Crutcher was found to be not guilty. We could go on like this for an hour.
And because of that, it has unfortunately become shocking when a police officer who kills a black American is disciplined to the fullest extent of the law.
Shocking though it may be to some, that is exactly what has happened in the Jordan Edwards case.
You may remember that this April, a white Texas police officer by the name of Roy Oliver killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.
Edwards was leaving a party with a group of other teens when Oliver arrived on the scene to respond to a complaint. Edwards was in a car with his brother, driving away from the scene. Oliver fired shots into that car, killing Edwards.
The complaint was found to be connected to gunshots fired by unrelated to the group of teens.
Oliver was fired after a quick investigation by his department.
This week, a Dallas grand jury indicted Oliver on a murder charge for the April shooting and death of the 15-year-old, CBS News reports.
Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson officially announced the murder indictment as well as four charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official. Oliver’s attorney, Jim Lane did not provide a comment to CBS News.
Oliver has a history of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public official. He was indicted on two counts in relation to an incident that occurred after another car rear-ended his car.
Oliver got out of his vehicle after the accident and pulled out his service weapon with the muzzle pointed at the ground. Oliver was off-duty at the time of the incident. The district attorney’s office referenced that incident in this case, claiming that it “showed a pattern of behavior.”
This past May, the late 15-year-old’s parents Charmaine and Odell Edwards spoke with CBS News, noting that he was an honor student with a love of football. In a message to Oliver, Mr. Edwards said, "You killed an innocent kid that loved life, that would've made you even smile if you knew him."
That, he did. It would seem, however, that justice has been served in this instance, although nothing will never bring back their beloved son.
Update: Further details have emerged about Oliver's reasons for firing the shots that killed Edwards.
In court documents filed this week, Oliver said that his use of force was justified because he and his partner feared for their lives.
Why did a car driving away from him shake him so?
Oliver said that he heard the sound of breaking glass, which led him to believe that his partner was in mortal danger.
We'll be sure to share any further updates in this case.