Dal­las po­lice em­ployee group head: Con­victed of­fi­cer held ac­count­able

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DAL­LAS (AP) — The head of Dal­las’ old­est and largest po­lice em­ployee or­ga­ni­za­tion said Thurs­day that good of­fi­cers want bad ones off the streets and that a former sub­ur­ban of­fi­cer con­victed in the shoot­ing death of an un­armed black teenager was held ac­count­able.

Roy Oliver, who is white, fired into a car filled with black teens leav­ing a sub­ur­ban Dal­las house party in April 2017, killing 15-year-old Jor­dan Ed­wards. A jury con­victed Oliver of mur­der Tues­day and sen­tenced him to 15 years in prison Wed­nes­day night.

Sgt. Michael Mata, pres­i­dent of the Dal­las Po­lice As­so­ci­a­tion, said due process was fol­lowed in the mur­der trial. He said a large per­cent­age of of­fi­cers thought Oliver had com­mit­ted a crime, but that there was de­bate over whether it was man­slaugh­ter or mur­der.

“What was ac­com­plished this week was ac­count­abil­ity,” Mata said.

Mem­bers of Ed­wards’ fam­ily said the ex­of­fi­cer’s pun­ish­ment was too le­nient.

“He can ac­tu­ally see life again af­ter 15 years and that’s not enough be­cause Jor­dan can’t see life again,” Ed­wards’ step­mother, Char­maine Ed­wards, said of Oliver af­ter his sen­tenc­ing.

She praised the jury’s de­ci­sion to con­vict Oliver of mur­der, but wanted those same ju­rors to send him to prison for a longer period.

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