US Justice Department to probe police shooting of Texas teen

US Justice Department to probe police shooting of Texas teen

His two brothers were in the auto with him and watched him die, an Edwards family lawyer has said.

On May 2, the chief fired Oliver, who was charged with murder three days later, turning himself into police before being released on bail.

The Dallas County District Attorney has vowed to act in fairness and seek justice.

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation into the police shooting of Jordan Edwards, the unarmed 15-year-old that was killed by a police officer in Balch Springs, Texas.

Like Ferguson, Balch Springs has a small white minority in its population but an overwhelming white majority in its police department.

Jordan was in the passenger's seat.

According to the warrant, on April 29, Oliver and another officer were dispatched to Baron Drive in Balch Springs in regards to a complaint about underage youth drunk and walking around.

Jordan's father later filed a lawsuit against the police department and Oliver, claiming wrongful death.

Community members have been demanding transparency on all levels of the shooting investigation.

Edwards' family and its attorney said Johnson advised them of the federal investigation during a meeting Thursday.

The group is asking for a deeper probe into the Balch Springs Police Department and its practices. Civil rights activists are watching closely to see how the Trump administration's Justice Department will handle racially charged shootings by police. They say the last time an officer was convicted of shooting and killing someone in Dallas County was 1973.

"Statically, officers around the country have not been held accountable for their actions", said Lee Merritt, the Edwards family's attorney. "We think that we are finally getting somewhere".

The lawsuit portrays Oliver as a hothead, citing complaints made by Johnson's office alleging aggressive behavior and use of vulgar language while testifying as a witness in other cases. "So I don't see why they would fear just kids leaving a party". Right now we're not going to get into any evidence about this case. Merritt called on investigators to pursue criminal charges.

Police now say the vehicle carrying a Black ninth grader was driving away from them when they shot into it, rather than towards them.

The Edwards family is requesting punitive and exemplary damages "to deter this type of conduct in the future".

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