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A former police officer has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for the murder of a 15-year-old teenager, Jordan Edwards

A white former Texas policeman was jailed on Wednesday for 15 years over the deadly shooting of an unarmed black teenager in a Dallas suburb last year that fueled a national debate over possible racial bias in U.S. policing.

The same jury that convicted Roy Oliver, 38, of murder on Tuesday in the death of Jordan Edwards, 15, deliberated for several hours before deciding his prison sentence.

Oliver’s conviction was a rare instance in which an officer was found guilty of murdering an unarmed person.

“This case is greater than Jordan,” said Daryl Washington, a lawyer for the Edwards’ family. “We just hope there are going to be some changes.”

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In emotional testimony during the penalty phase of the trial on Wednesday, Oliver’s mother asked the jury to sentence her son to the minimum five years, in large part because of the needs of his young son who has autism.

“That’s my prayer because he could still have such an impact on that child’s life,” Linda Oliver told the jury.

Oliver’s lawyer, Bob Gill, said they would appeal against the sentence, a Texas ABC affiliate reported.

Two police officers who worked with Oliver and a neighbor were among those testifying as character witnesses.

Prosecution witnesses on Tuesday included Edwards’ father, Odell Edwards, who said the last thing he told his son was that he loved him.

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Oliver, along with another officer, had responded to reports of underage drinking at a house party in the predominantly black and Hispanic city of Balch Springs, about 15 miles (25 km) southeast of Dallas.

Oliver fired his rifle several times into a car with several teens inside, prosecutors said. Edwards, a standout high school student and athlete, was shot in the head and killed.

The jurors deliberated for about 12 hours over two days before reaching their verdict after a trial that began in mid-August.

Michael Snipes, the first assistant district attorney, said Oliver was a trigger-happy policeman who sent the teenager to an early grave.

The arrest warrant for Oliver said he and the other officer tried to stop a car at an intersection near the party. The other officer broke a passenger window with the butt of his gun.

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Police body camera images displayed to jurors showed the car was moving away from Oliver when he fired at it.

Oliver’s defense attorney, Jim Lane, said the vehicle was a threat to Oliver’s partner that night and he reacted to save his partner by firing into the car.

Reuters

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INEC to deal with ‘see and buy’ offenders in today’s Osun governorship poll

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• Releases Complaints Phone Lines
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday said it had perfected plans with the security agencies to decisively deal with anyone engaging in any illicit act, particularly the notorious act of “see and buy,” as it is called in local parlance, in today’s governorship election in Osun State.

Consequently, the electoral umpire has released phone numbers for complaints of any kind by the electorate, media and the public, while assuring the people of the state of its readiness to conduct a free, fair and credible election that would be acceptable to them.

The state Resident Electoral Commission (REC) of INEC, Olusegun Agbaje, while addressing journalists yesterday at the state headquarters of the commission on Gbongan Road, Osogbo, disclosed that the electoral body had distributed sensitive and non-sensitive materials to all the 30 councils in the state from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and gave the numbers to lodge complaints as 08168963080, 07057789656 and 07086575910.

According to Agbaje, the situation room of the commission would be receiving complaints through these phone lines, adding that accreditation and voting would go on simultaneously between 8:00am and 2:00pm and “only those on the queue at 2:00pm would be allowed to vote,” while both staff and ad-hoc staff of the Commission that would participate in the conduct of the election have been made to “swear oath of neutrality.”

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The electoral body also disclosed that it has concluded plans to make today’s election free and fair and model for subsequent elections.

Forty-eight political parties fielded candidates for the election.

Agbaje said the commission could not close its eyes to any act that would compromise the credibility of the election, warning: “For the avoidance of doubt, Section 124 of the Electoral Act (as amended) states that a person who gives voters money to vote for or refrain from voting for a candidate is liable on conviction to a fine of N500, 000 or 12 months in prison.

Agbaje also denied allegations that INEC has banned the use of phones and other camera devices at the polling units, saying: “What INEC said is that voters should not carry their phones or any other camera devices into the voting cubicles where the voter will mark ballot, to safeguard the secrecy of the ballot.”

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He assured the 48 political parties that fielded candidates for the election of a level-playing field, pleading that they should join hands with the Commission to conduct a free, fair and credible election.

He disclosed three security personnel would be attached to each polling unit, while all the buffer zones would have heavy presence of security agents.

Agbaje urged the people to dismiss allegations by some politicians that the commission has released uncollected Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to certain political parties and also compromised the card reader.

He warned politicians to desist from misleading the public, saying the commission has kept all uncollected PVCs in its strong room.

Agbaje assured that smart card readers have been enhanced for optimal performance and 996 have been reserved to serve as backups.

“Out of 1,246,915 registered voters, a total of 435,015 PVCs, that is 25.86 per cent, are yet to be collected by their owners and are being kept in the INEC strong room at the state office here in Osogbo.

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“The commission has no plans whatsoever to give the uncollected PVCs to any political party. The commission’s Smart Card Readers are not also designed to favour any political party.

“I, therefore, strongly advice all stakeholders in the Osun State governorship election, especially the political parties’ leaders and contestants, to desist from making unguarded utterances and unfounded allegations.”

He, however, appealed to journalists to cooperate with the commission to ensure that the final result is announced by the INEC before circulating it to the public.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police has disclosed that 18,000 of its men and officers had been deployed to ensure hitch-free election.

Also, all commercial banks in the state closed for operation by 12:00 pm yesterday, leaving their ATM to dispense money to their customers.

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Nigerian Yahoo Boy Weeps Profusely After Being Arrested With Others In Kenya (Photos)

Security operatives in Kenya have apprehended suspected Nigerian internet fraudsters duping women in the country.

Early today, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations – DCI Detectives arrested two Nigerians and one Tanzanian for engaging in electronic fraud in Kenya where local banks lost huge amounts of cash. According to reports, most of the money defrauded from the local banks was withdrawn outside the country.

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The following items were confiscated from the suspects:ATM cards, Laptops,Cheque books among other exhibits.

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The suspects are currently in lawful custody and will be arraigned in court on Monday.

The operation to weed out more Electronic Fraudsters continues.

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One of the Abia State University student killed in a fatal accident in Imo State, is pictured shortly before she lost her life as a result.

The accident which reportedly involves a Young Shall Grow vehicle happened in Okigwe few days ago.

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Her soul rest in peace.

A while ago, A final year student of Microbiology in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka who passed away while playing basketball few hours to his last paper.

The deceased, identified as Francis slumped during a basketball competition.

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According to multiple online reports, he was meant to write his last last paper the following day, and was rushed to the school’s clinic when the incident happened.

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