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CAIR Welcomes Guilty Verdict for Former Texas Police Officer Who Shot and Killed Unarmed African-American Teen

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/28/18) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the guilty verdict for a fired Texas police officer who fatally shot an unarmed African-American 15-year-old.

SEE: Former Texas Officer Convicted in Death of Jordan Edwards

In April 2017, Jordan Edwards, 15, was sitting in the passenger seat of a car leaving a party with his friends when he was fatally shot by police officer Roy Oliver of Balch Springs Police Department in the Dallas suburbs. Oliver was fired from the department following the shooting.

Oliver initially claimed that Edwards and his companions had backed down the driveway “in an aggressive manner” toward him and his partner Officer Tyler Gross. Oliver later claimed he misspoke about the car carrying Jordan moving “aggressively,” and Gross testified that he did not fear for his life or believe the he needed to fire his weapon.  

Following the shooting, CAIR demanded accountability for the police shooting of the unarmed black ninth-grader. 

SEE: CAIR Demands Accountability for Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Ninth-Grader in Texas

In a statement, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

“Justice was served for the Edwards family and all those who demand justice for the too many police-involved shootings that take place nationwide resulting in the deaths of African-American men and children. We must continue to call on our nation’s law enforcement agencies and political leaders to do more to address and dismantle the institutional racism that impacts how police use deadly force against African-Americans and other people of color.”  

“While the jury’s verdict will not return Jordan Edwards to his family, hopefully it signals a new chapter in America in which law enforcement is held accountable for racially-profiling and shooting unarmed African-Americans,” said John Janney, executive director of CAIR’s Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter (CAIR-DFW). 

Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to:

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director John Janney, 469-998-2243,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,


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