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Witnesses: No Reason for Texas Police to Fire Into Car

Posted/updated on: August 19, 2018 at 5:47 pm
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DALLAS (AP) — Teenagers who witnessed a police shooting that killed a high school freshman in Texas testified on Friday that there was no reason for the ex-officer to fire into the car carrying the victim and four other black teenagers. The testimony came during the second day of the murder trial for fired Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver, who fatally shot Jordan Edwards, 15, after police broke up a house party in April 2017. Body camera footage shows police having a friendly conversation with the party’s host when gunfire, later found to be fired near a nursing home, cut the exchange short. After the shots rang out, bodycam video shows Oliver retrieving a rifle from a patrol vehicle and going toward his partner’s location.

Among the witnesses called to the stand Friday were Eric Knight and Jeremy Seaton, who told jurors they were across the street when Oliver fired into the car. The teenagers, who attended the party, said they could not see a justification for the gunfire. Oliver has said he feared for his and his partner’s safety when the car sped by. But his partner testified Thursday that he did not fear for his life and that he never felt the need to fire his weapon.


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