WHY MURDER CHARGES – AND CONVICTIONS – IN POLICE SHOOTINGS LIKE BALCH SPRINGS ARE RARE

KERA – August 22, 2018

The trial of former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver continues this week in Dallas.

Oliver is facing murder charges for shooting into a car full of teenagers leaving a party in April 2017 and killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards. The shooting is one of several controversial police shootings of black men, teenagers and boys that have grabbed national headlines.

But it’s rare that a case like this makes it to court.

“By my count, only 93 officers across the country have been charged with murder or manslaughter as the result [of] an on-duty shooting,” said Phil Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University in Ohio who used to be a police officer.

“Just 93 over about 14 years,” he said.  [READ MORE]