By Reuters/Alex Dobuzinskis
The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into a white police officer’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in the Dallas area, a spokeswoman for the local district attorney’s office said on Thursday.
Dallas County prosecutors have charged former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver, 37, with murder in connection with the April 29 shooting of Jordan Edwards, 15.
Oliver, along with another officer, had responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party in Balch Springs, a predominantly black and Hispanic city about 15 miles (25 km) from Dallas, according to court papers.
After hearing gunfire, the two officers approached the occupants of a sedan at an intersection, the court papers said. One officer told the driver to stop and broke open a window on the car before Oliver shot into the sedan with a rifle, as it drove past him, the documents state.
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Source: The Huffington Post