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DALLAS — The body camera footage started with former police officer Roy Oliver jovially teasing teenagers fleeing from a party busted by the cops, laughing as they complained about walking through the mud.

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A former Texas police officer accused of killing a black teenager was angry, out of control and "trigger happy" when he fired at a car full of teenagers while responding to a house party, a prosecutor told jurors Thursday during the ex-officer's murder trial.

Murder Trial To Begin For Former Balch Springs Officer Who Killed Jordan Edwards

Aug 15, 2018
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A murder trial for a former Texas police officer who killed a black teenager highlights the heightened role video evidence plays in high-profile police shootings that have stirred discourse and triggered protests nationwide over issues of race and law enforcement.

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The jury selection process began Friday in the trial of a white former suburban Dallas police officer charged murder after fatally shooting a black teenager, the Associated Press reported.

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A fired Balch Springs police officer says in a court filing that his actions were justifiable when he fired into a moving car carrying five black teenagers, killing a 15-year-old boy.

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Roy Oliver, a former Balch Springs police officer, has been indicted on a murder charge by a Dallas County grand jury in the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, prosecutors said Monday.

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A Balch Springs police officer, who was fired and charged with murder after fatally shooting a black teenager, has been indicted on two unrelated charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

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The family of Jordan Edwards, who was shot and killed by Roy Oliver, has sued the former Balch Springs officer and his department, accusing the department of inadequately training the officer and ignoring warning signs that he was prone to erratic behavior.

MESQUITE HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOK/FACEBOOK / The Texas Tribune

The fired Balch Springs police officer who shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards has been charged with murder. A judge signed a warrant Friday afternoon for officer Roy Oliver's arrest.

After Police Shoot And Kill Unarmed Teen, Texas Lawmakers Consider Next Steps

May 4, 2017
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After a police officer fatally shot an unarmed 15-year-old in the Dallas area Saturday night, Texas lawmakers are considering whether pending bills could prevent similar deaths — or if any legislative solution is even needed.

Jordan Edwards, a high school freshman, was leaving a house party in a Dallas suburb late Saturday night with several friends when police officers arrived outside. The officers were investigating a complaint about noisy teenagers in the neighborhood, and they had heard gunshots in the area as they approached.

Within minutes, the black 15-year-old passenger had been killed — shot in the head by an officer through the front passenger window and pronounced dead at the hospital shortly afterward.