Mother of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards joins lawsuit against officer, city in son’s death
The mother of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards on Friday filed to formally join the lawsuit against the city of Balch Springs, Texas, and ex-police officer Roy Oliver, who killed her son with a rifle as he was leaving a house party in April.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Shaunkeyia Stephens’ suit alleges that the city inadequately trained Oliver and also ignored warning signs that he was prone to erratic and violent behavior. It also alleges that the city engaged in a cover-up after her son was shot driving away from (and not coming aggressively towards) police called to a house party on April 29, 2017.
A judge ruled June 5 that Stephens could join the suit and gave her until Friday to do so.
Sadly, Stephens is also suing Jordan’s father and step-mother, according to reports.
Stephens, who lives in Tarrant County, Texas, about an hour away from where Jordan lived, says that she learned about her son’s death through social media. She also alleges that she was not contacted about her son’s funeral services, and then rebuffed when she tried to call about arrangements. The Dallas Morning News reports she was not included in any of the pictures in the 12-page funeral program.
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Lee Merritt, attorney for Jordan Edwards’ family, told The Root that Stephens’ lawsuit is without merit and motivated by greed.
“That notwithstanding, she was informed immediately of his passing and was taken to the Edwards home. The night he was killed was the first time she had set foot in Jordan’s place of residence,” Merritt continued. “Stephens’ claims of exclusion are baseless, defamatory and motivated by filthy lucre.”
On the criminal side of things, Oliver was fired from the city and charged with murder in May. He faces up to life in prison if convicted of charges brought against him.