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Attorney: Video Shows Ohio Police Shot John Crawford in the Back as He Talked to Girlfriend on Phone

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While the nation’s outrage has exploded over the Aug. 9 shooting death in Ferguson, Missouri, of unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the attorney for the family of John Crawford III, who was shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart earlier this month, said the 22-year-old father of two can be seen on surveillance video with his back to officers, leaning on a toy gun and talking on a cellphone when police shot him.

Police had been summoned Aug. 5 to the Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, by a former Marine who reported that a man was carrying what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle. What Crawford was actually carrying was an unpackaged MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/pellet rifle he had just bought in the store’s toy department.

Though police had claimed that Crawford ignored their commands to drop the weapon — and the former Marine who called in the report and witnessed the shooting said Crawford “looked like he was going to go violently”— Crawford family attorney Michael Wright said after he viewed the footage with Crawford’s family it’s clear the police account wasn’t accurate.

“John was doing nothing wrong in Wal-Mart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,” Wright said, according to rawstory.com. 

Wright said Crawford was, in fact, facing away from the officers and probably didn’t hear them because he was talking on the phone with his girlfriend, who was with his parents at the time.

The attorney said as Crawford leaned on the pellet gun like a cane, he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.

On Tuesday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that the case would be handed over to a special prosecutor, who would present to a grand jury on Sept. 22.

DeWine said he had allowed Crawford’s family to view the surveillance video, but he would not release it publicly to avoid tainting the jury pool.

“I thought the family had the right to view it,” DeWine said. “The mom did not want to view it; I understand it. The dad did view it, (but) to put the video out on TV is not the right thing to do.”

 

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21 thoughts on “Attorney: Video Shows Ohio Police Shot John Crawford in the Back as He Talked to Girlfriend on Phone

  1. Anita Delgado says:

    Where is this video?

  2. @A. Delgado. Why ask that question, when the article informs everybody that can read, that the Attorney General, of the State of Ohio, will not release the video to the public. So as not to taint the future jury pool. My prayers go out to the Crawford Family.

  3. More will be shot and killed. Just hope it's not you.

  4. So sad. So very sad.

  5. The continued murdering of our young men and women of color needs to cease asap. This behavior is not an acceptable norm — as it should never ever be an accepted normal behavior today in the 21st Century!

  6. To be shot in the back is murder — plain and simple!

  7. Omega Payton says:

    I believe in total and swift retaliation. Hurt mine and I'll come for you or yours. Makes no difference to me.

  8. Solo Minati says:

    THEY WILL BAN TOY GUNS BEFORE THEY CHARGE A COP … I-4-AN-I

  9. Jayme Patterson says:

    Yes it is and while you see people showing how they walk around stores with rifles on their shoulders in their right to carry arms displays and not one of them has been shot and their guns are real!

  10. The officers that committed this senseless killing should have lethal injection. To shoot without getting the action of that person is cold-blooded murder.

  11. Dorian Escoe says:

    Why is it a police officer will shoot a Black men for any reason. Yet, white men can kill folks in a theater and walk out apprehended, Colorado , Florida and so many other. But yet it's not race related?

  12. Marc Clyburn says:

    If im ever on a jury. Of a white serial killer that's been killing whites im voting not guilty!!!!! That racist bitch ass marine set him up.

  13. In Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

  14. Tim Thompson says:

    It don't matter. They do it and will keep doing it and wont be charged. Whos in control? The cops!

  15. Jess King says:

    I guess we gotta snipe or have an owl watcher in the commuity to protect our brothers, we gotta hide to make sure our brothers are find and not sniped or killed by an officer, prevent it from happening by some strategy distractions ASAP!

  16. Totally Sad, it's round them up and Sumarily execute them Seasonhas come around.

  17. What this case needs is a charge for premeditated murder on the ex-marine who called it in, and manslaughter charges to the cops shooting Crawford. That's the only justice I can see that is fair.

  18. What this case needs is a charge for premeditated murder on the ex-marine who called it in, and manslaughter charges to the cops shooting Crawford. That's the only justice I can see that is fair.

  19. Kendall Williams says:

    We need to get legislation on the books that calls for severe prosecution of police that abuse force. It's far to ready for cops to get away with killing American citizens, with no punishment. Had anyone else done this, they'd be on death row in no time flat. But, the whole "they have a tough job" argument let's cops skate whenever something like this happens.

    Somebody needs to police the police

  20. Rune Gori says:

    I don't really see how you can pin premeditated murder on the ex-marine, false testimony and obstruction of justice maybe, but the police saw for themselves and chose to shoot to kill. Ferguson police seem like they have a lot to answer for, both in their part of killing an innocent man leaning on a bb-gun, and in how they've handle the crisis in general though. It's sickening really…

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