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Fired Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver during his trial at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas. Photo: Rose Baca-Pool/Getty Images

Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver was found guilty on Tuesday of killing 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, who was in the passenger seat of a car that Oliver opened fire on in April 2017, reports the Dallas Morning News.

Why it matters: The fatal shooting of the unarmed black teenager by a white police officer had reverberated nationwide and became a rallying cry about race and the use of deadly force by police. While indictments of police officers in Dallas have become common, convictions still remain rare, the Dallas Morning News notes.

The details: A Dallas County jury found the former officer, Roy Oliver, not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault connected to the shooting death of the high school freshman, which was recorded by body camera.

  • Oliver and his partner, Tyler Gross, were dispatched to a house party after a call reporting underage drinking.
  • Oliver fired into a moving car carrying five black teenagers leaving the party. The officer testified that he opened fire, shooting five times, after seeing the car move toward his partner and thought he was in danger. But Gross testified that he was not in fear for his life and didn't feel the need to fire his weapon.

Worthy of your time: A Texas Tribune investigation into police shootings in Texas' biggest cities from 2010-2015.

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The latest: The lawmakers initially said Bolsonaro should be charged with mass homicide and genocide, but lawmakers updated the report to replace these with the new charge, its lead author, Sen. Renan Calheiros, told the NYT.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) extended a drought emergency declaration to cover the entire state on Tuesday.

Why it matters: "California is experiencing its worst drought since the late 1800s, as measured by both lack of precipitation and high temperatures," per a statement from the governor's office. This past August was the driest and hottest one on record, "and the water year that ended last month was the second driest on record," the statement added.

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North Korean state media announced that a detected ballistic missile launch off its east coast on Tuesday was a newly developed weapon test-fired from a submarine.

Why it matters: Pyongyang's latest in a series of recent missile launches into the sea happened hours after U.S. officials emphasized their commitment to restart negotiations on North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which have stalled since talks broke down during the Trump administration, AP notes.