Oliver booked—Cops, Lies, & Videos
Ray D. Oliver II the trigger happy cop in the Balch Springs, Texas Police Department, who murdered 15-year old straight-A student Jordan Edwards was arrested on Friday. That’s within the same week of the killing which occurred a week ago, on Saturday.
Meanwhile he had already been fired from the police department last Tuesday, three days after he shot Edwards in the head and killed him.
Oliver and other officers had reportedly responded to a call about a noisy party where unsupervised teenagers had been drinking. Ironically, young Edwards was leaving the party for precisely that reason. This young scholar and star football player, a freshman at Mesquite High School, had his eyes on his future and thought like an adult. He had decided to leave a party he believed was getting too hectic. For trying to do the right thing he paid the ultimate price.
Reportedly, at some point after he and other responding officers arrived on the scene, Oliver reportedly fired a rifle into the car with Edwards and other teenagers leaving the party.
Later, Oliver lied that the vehicle had been reversing “aggressively” towards him. Apparently another officer backed up this lie. However, when the police chief reviewed the body cams of two officers he discovered it was the usual concocted narrative police are notorious for providing after wrongful killings of unarmed African Americans. The police chief had initially issued a statement parroting Oliver’s lie before reviewing the videos.
Oliver has now been correctly charged with murder. Bravo for the video evidence. This is why body cams must be mandatory for all police departments in all these United States. Now begins the wait for a vigorous prosecution of Oliver.
The Texas case, while just beginning, compares favorably with the Eric Garner and Alton Sterling debacles.
In New York an eye witness video recorded NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo killing Eric Garner on July 17, 2014 in a lynch hold. Yet, three years later, Pantaleo remains on the NYPD. He was not even indicted. He has since enjoyed raises and collects $120,000 pay according to a report in The New York Daily News.
Meanwhile this past week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Justice Department declined to file civil rights violation charges against tbe two Baton Rouge, Louisiana cops involved in the encounter with Sterling. In that case a bystander’s video tape showed how the unarmed street vendor was callously killed on July 5, 2016, with an officer pumping bullets into his chest at point blank range.while he’s pinned to the ground.
Both the two cops also had claimed that their body cams had malfunctioned; at the same time. Absent the bystander their narrative would have carried the day. But thanks to Sessions it didn’t matter.
Recall that in South Carolina, Michael Slager, who shot Walter Scott in the back and killed him had also lied. Had it not been for a bystanders video, his lies that Scott had attacked him and that he feared for his life would have carried the day. Thanks to the video Slager last week copped a guilty plea.
He must get the maximum 30-years plus.