It almost never happens but this time it did. A historic verdict was passed down in the case against ex-police officer Roy Oliver for the murder of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. Guilty.
The case took national attention when Edwards was shot while sitting in the passengers seat of a car leaving a party full of teenagers. At the time of the shooting, Oliver claimed he feared for his partners life as the car was driving toward him, but footage from Oliver's body camera and testimony from his partner disputed that. In truth the car filled with teenagers was driving away from the officers when Oliver opened fire.
Social media exploded with the news of a guilty verdict.
Roy Oliver was found guilty of murder in the police shooting of Jordan Edwards. Police officers are almost never… https://t.co/jAbRvBJ5U0— Texas Tribune (@Texas Tribune)1535486914.0
White Texas police officer found guilty of murder for fatally shooting black teen in car. This life should never ha… https://t.co/12CKOkxOKG— Greg Abbott (@Greg Abbott)1535485742.0
The family of Edwards was finally able to get a bit of relief.
Afterward, Oliver’s mother breaks into sobs and Edwards father tearfully hugs prosecutor, family. #royoliver #jordanedwards— Jolie McCullough (@Jolie McCullough)1535484209.0
Jordan Edward’s Family very emotional in courtroom saying “Thank You Jesus.” Former Balch Springs Officer Roy Oliv… https://t.co/k6mNAdrsoP— Rebecca Lopez (@Rebecca Lopez)1535484688.0
#BREAKING - Jury Finds ex-Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver guilty of murder #RoyOliverTrial Here’s Jordan… https://t.co/pya5SrmuDI— Maria Guerrero (@Maria Guerrero)1535485115.0
People were emotional hearing the verdict.
@Maria_NBC5 I cried seeing this. This makes me so happy! Some justice finally..— Ciana Fudzie (@Ciana Fudzie)1535509962.0
@Maria_NBC5 Very sad moment to lose a son no can imagine what he went through. God bless you and your family.— Gino (@Gino)1535522312.0
JUSTICE. A teenager with his brothers driving away from a party, shot in the head at a distance, by a police office… https://t.co/pydz0KZFNa— Wendell Pierce (@Wendell Pierce)1535493183.0
Roy Oliver, the white police officer who shot Jordan Edwards, an unarmed black 15-year-old, has just been found gui… https://t.co/jIXiM59XNG— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD)1535487803.0
Finally, a cop is NOT walking! Finally, a jury agreed that #BlackLivesMatter! No, we will NOT stop taking a knee! https://t.co/kPjIEPD80J— Daryle Lamont Jenkins (@Daryle Lamont Jenkins)1535486315.0
This is a big deal. #JordanEdwards. https://t.co/GGnixJVCZW— Sherrilyn Ifill (@Sherrilyn Ifill)1535484665.0
Reporter Alexa Ura broke it down why this is a big deal.
Before a 2014 indictment, a police officer in Dallas had not even faced criminal charges since the 1973 shooting of… https://t.co/JlQ70KBZwS— Alexa Ura (@Alexa Ura)1535486183.0
The police officer, Darrell Cain, was indicted and later convicted of murder. He was sentenced to five years in pri… https://t.co/ZUwrT6wYyJ— Alexa Ura (@Alexa Ura)1535486254.0
Of those 880 officers, 7 were indicted on criminal charges, none of which were for murder & none of which have led… https://t.co/vXKGwPi9wG— Alexa Ura (@Alexa Ura)1535486952.0
We wish the family of Jordan Edwards are deepest sympathies.