Roy Oliver, 37, of Combine, was sacked from the Balch Springs Police Department and charged with murder last week after he fired a rifle into a auto full of teenagers as they left a party in April.
Balch Springs is a southeastern Dallas suburb of around 23,700. Police then retracted their initial statement that the vehicle Edwards was in was reversing toward the cop an "aggressive manner", with Balch Springs police chief Jonathan Haber saying, "I unintentionally (was) incorrect when I said the vehicle was backing down the road...in fact, I can tell you that I do have questions in relation to my observation (of) the video". The vehicle, Haber told the Associated Press, was "moving forward as the officers approached", rather than moving backwards towards officers.
The family also expressed their sadness and anger that the other teenagers in the vehicle on the night of the shooting, including Edwards' two brothers, Vidal and Kevon, and two friends, were arrested by police and allegedly "treated as criminals" as Edwards lay fatally wounded next to them. Their attorney, Lee Merritt, said at a news conference afterward that Johnson seeks justice and is "committed" to getting Oliver convicted.
Brittany Dunn, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County District Attorney's Office, confirmed in an email on Thursday that the U.S. Department of Justice had opened an investigation into the shooting which would proceed separately from her office's probe.
"It is a somber process; it is not fun and games", Merritt said. "But with our faith in God we can get through it, and together as a community, making sure our voices are heard".
Edwards has been described by friends and family as a good student and athlete.
In the case of Ferguson, Missouri, the Department of Justice investigated both whether the fatal shooting of Michael Brown merited civil rights charges against Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson and whether there were systematic issues of civil rights violations inside the city's police department. "We plan to see it through to the end". His death has reignited criticism of police use of excessive force against young black men. They say they want more than just protests, but real change in law enforcement policies and the justice system. "We need to find out why he [Oliver] found it necessary to lie because that's what he did", he said.