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Grand jury indicts former Balch Springs officer for murder, assault

Grand jury indicts former Balch Springs officer for murder, assault

In addition to the murder indictment, Oliver was indicted for four counts of aggravated assault for each of the teens in the auto with Jordan.

Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber initially said a auto was moving "aggressively" toward officers when one of them fired into it Saturday night, killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, but the chief told reporters Monday he "misspoke".

The Texas police officer who fatally shot black teenager Jordan Edwards as he left a party in April has been indicted on a murder charge by a Dallas County grand jury, the Dallas Morning News reported on Monday.

Oliver was sacked in May for violating department policies after police department officials reviewed body camera footage of the incident, which showed Oliver shooting his rifle into a moving vehicle that was traveling away from him and another officer.

After Oliver and the other officers approached the scene and began to investigate, a group of teens began to flee the area.

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Police body camera footage of the shooting showed that Oliver fired into the moving vehicle as it drove away from him, the Chicago Tribune reported on Monday. Hopefully, it is a message we're sending to bad police officers.

"A murder indictment for Roy Oliver is appropriate", Merritt wrote on Twitter, "but the fact is it's been +40 years since a cop was convicted in TX". "You have my personal guarantee that we will prosecute this case vigorously".

"It is important to let the public know that justice is proceeding effectively and thoroughly at the Dallas County District Attorney's Office", Johnson said of Oliver's indictment. The district attorney's office requested Oliver's previous bond be increased because he was considered a danger to the community.

In late June, Oliver was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault involving a separate case that occurred before the Edwards shooting.

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