Parents: Texas Cop Who Killed Teen Is Iraq Vet With PTSD

Parents: Texas Cop Who Killed Teen Is Iraq Vet With PTSD

The family of a Dallas police officer accused of shooting dead an unarmed teenager claim he is the ‘perfect father figure’ who may have been suffering from PTSD when he opened fire.

Honor student Jordan Edwards, 15, was shot in the head when US Army veteran Roy Oliver took aim at a moving car full of teenagers in the aftermath of a Saturday night party.

The Balch Springs (TX) Police Department initially claimed the vehicle was reversing towards officers in an ‘aggressive manner’ until body camera footage revealed the the vehicle was driving away when Oliver began shooting with his rifle.

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is deciding whether to bring charges against the Iraq veteran who was fired this week amid a national outcry and calls for him to be arrested for the high school freshman’s murder.

Oliver’s family, however, have spoken out in his defense, suggesting the divorced father to a baby boy and girl, both aged one, would never recklessly endanger the life of kids.

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6 Comments

  1. Jeremy Liebbe, MS

    I enjoy reading quite a number of Law Officer Magazine stories, yet this is one that bothers me due to blatant misinformation. “Iraq Vet With PTSD” leads their story, yet the source story from Daily Mail​ tells us only that Roy Oliver’s father — a twice convicted child predator, no less — said “his son had suffered PTSD-like symptoms” and also said “I haven’t spoken to him about what happened yet”.

    Unless we have a historical diagnosis of PTSD from a qualified mental health professional, this is nothing more than a father trying to explain his son’s actions without knowing any of the facts. If such does exist, and I am doubtful that it does, it is Roy Oliver’s decision to release his medical records — not his father’s and not the media’s. I believe it to be reckless to take his father’s statement of “PTSD-like symptoms” and convert it to “Iraq Vet with PTSD” without any supporting facts.

    Not only is it reckless, it also risks readers questioning whether those military and LEO veterans who have legitimate diagnoses of PTSD can be trusted with firearms and trusted to carry out their duties responsibly, professionally, and ethically. I hope that the editors of Law Officer​ are willing to update this article appropriately so as not to unintentionally cast doubt on the abilities of hundreds, if not thousands, of LEOs who have received a legitimate, professional diagnosis of PTSD.

    Jeremy Liebbe, MS
    Detective Sergeant of Police (ret.)
    Doctoral Candidate in Forensic Psychology

  2. TheShapeOfThings

    I was a firefighter in Warwick Rhode Island, I had ptsd and I was out of work with a neck injury I received fighting a fire on duty in Warwick. Coventry police came to my home while I was sleeping and started molesting me. This happened repeatedly. Warwick and state police chimed in. They ruined my life. I hate police. I have to assume that any chip killed in the line of duty probably deserved it for abusing another human. That appears to be what American police do. They molest employees in corrupt cities like organized crime figures. Molesting citizens is specifically mentioned in our state constitution and the practice is not supposed to be a legal administrative function practiced by police.

  3. Julee Vitello

    He is a murderer. Dont cops have to go through psych testing? They are finding any spin they can to get him off. This man deserves his own death penalty. Shame on anyone who doesn’t see that. PTSD? Give me a break…2 kids by 2 women (and they call him a “family man”). Well the Edwards were a family. and now they are a fractured family with PTSD…a collective of 4 people with PTSD.

  4. Todd63

    ok little info here, cops don’t want you to see what they are looking at it gives them a tactical advantage over the person they are talking to and cuts sun glare from blinding them while they do their jobs, in a photo op I agree take off the glasses, on the streets tactical advantage, off the streets take them off, tactical on, in the streets off. oh and shooting someone fleeing, BAD!

    • bozozozo

      i hear that, don’t agree.
      being able to relate to the people you are supposed to protect and serve, and have them relate to you, outweighs any tactical advantage dark glasses might give you.
      when you wear dark or reflective glasses, you are hiding behind them. think about talking to a neighbor who is wearing dark sunglasses that hide a third of his face and who will not take them off. is that conducive to a good conversation?

  5. bozozozo

    policemen should never be shown wearing sunglasses, and should not wear sunglasses when interacting with the public. (this also applies to troops interacting with civilians in war zones.) eye contact is an important part of interacting with other people, and hiding eyes takes away an important aspect of communication.

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