On the weekend the family of Jordan Edwards buried their beloved family member, they have filed a lawsuit against former Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver and the Balch Springs Police Department.
The Associate Press reports that the lawsuit accuses the department of inadequately training Oliver and ignoring the warning signs of his erratic behavior. The lawsuit also states that the department should have known that Oliver had “exhibited a pattern of escalating encounters with the public,” including a recently revealed complaint filed regarding his aggressive behavior.
“There was no reason that any person in America—not just a black person—should ever have to bury their 15-year-old child who was doing everything right in life,” Jasmine Crockett, one of the family’s attorneys, said.
Crockett says attorneys filed the lawsuit to maintain the legal rights of the Edwards’ father, Odell. The suit seeks an unspecified amount for wrongful death.