A Texas jury on Tuesday found a white, former policeman guilty of murder for fatally shooting a black teenager in a car moving away from him in a 2017 case in a Dallas suburb that fueled a national debate over possible racial bias in U.S. policing.
The police officer, Roy Oliver, 38, was fired by the Balch Springs Police Department for violating department policy a few days after he fatally shot Jordan Edwards, 15, a standout high school student and athlete. Edwards was struck in the head in the April 2017 shooting.
The conviction was a rare instance where an officer was found guilty of murdering an unarmed person.
Oliver, along with another officer, had responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party in the predominantly black and Hispanic city of Balch Springs, about 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Dallas. He fired his rifle several times into a car with several other teens inside as it drove away from him and his partner, prosecutors said.
The trial started in mid-August and jurors deliberated for about 12 hours over two days before reaching its verdict.