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Former officer convicted of murdering unarmed black teen

JUSTICE: Jordan Edwards was just 15 years old when he was fatally shot by a police officer as he left a party unarmed

AN EX-POLICE officer has been convicted of murdering an unarmed teenager who he fatally shot last year.

Roy Oliver, who is white, fired his weapon at 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, an African-American, as he made his way from a house party in a car with friends.

Jurors in Texas delivered their guilty verdict yesterday, the second day of deliberations.

According to CNN, when the verdict was read out, Edwards’ family gasped and shed tears.

Having opened fire on the car with a rifle, Oliver’s actions violated federal guidelines.

Edwards, who was sitting in the passenger’s seat, was struck in the head by the gunfire.

The teen was a promising athlete and student at Mesquite High School near Dallas.

“This innocent kid was not doing anything wrong, nothing,” KTVT reported prosecutor Mike Snipes told the court.

"This case is not just about Jordan. It's about Tamir Rice, it's about Walter Scott, it's about Alton Sterling, it's about every African-American... who have been killed and who have not gotten justice,” CNN reported the Edwards’ family lawyer, Daryl Washington, said.

The officer had claimed that he feared for the safety of his partner. But his partner told the court that he had not been in fear for his life.


GUILTY: Ex-police officer Roy Oliver was convicted of murder on Tuesday

Oliver was also found guilty of two other charges of aggravated assault for shooting at the car full of black teenagers.

The officer had originally claimed that the car the teenagers were in drove aggressively towards him and his partner, but body camera footage showed the vehicle driving away from the officers.

The conviction is a rare result for a trial of a police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a black civilian.

The high profile cases into the police shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling are just two in recent years that ended in acquittals of the officers involved.

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