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Agent gets 15 years for killing black teenager

AUSTIN – A former police officer in Texas has fifteen years of cell received because of the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

Victim Jordan Edwards

The now 38-year-old agent Roy Oliver shot in a suburb of Dallas last year on a car that he and a colleague wanted to stop. He was one of the passengers, fifteen-year-old Jordan Edwards, who died.

The jury ruled Tuesday that the agent is thus a murder committed. A conviction of a cop for the shooting of an unarmed citizen is rarely found in the US. The death of Edwards unleashed a fierce debate in the US about the possible racist motives of agents in the shooting at suspects who have dark skin.

Oliver’s lawyers have argued that the agent’s lap because he thought that the life of his partner was in danger. He shot five times at the car that drove away. They go in appeal.

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