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Walmart Shooting: Family attorney says Crawford did nothing wrong

Published: Monday, September 22, 2014 @ 10:31 AM
Updated: Friday, September 26, 2014 @ 7:53 AM


            Listen to the audio of the 911 call paired in real time with the surveillance video from the night of the Beavercreek Walmart shooting. This video contains graphic content and viewer discretion is advised.
Listen to the audio of the 911 call paired in real time with the surveillance video from the night of the Beavercreek Walmart shooting. This video contains graphic content and viewer discretion is advised.

Key points:

  • Crawford family attorney: Video confirms Crawford did nothing wrong
  • Officers involved in shooting will not face charges, special grand jury determines
  • AG, special prosecutor had "clear bias," says family attorney
  • Walmart surveillance video of actual shooting released at news conference

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John Crawford III's family and supporters had called for the release of the surveillance video from Walmart in the time leading up to today's announcement. That video was released today during the news conference. The video shows Crawford being shot and the police in the store. Warning: this video contains content that some may find graphic and not appropriate for all ages. View video »

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UPDATE @11:40 a.m. 9/25/2014: Crawford family attorney Michael Wright said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the special prosecutor had "clear bias." He said special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier presented the grand jury's findings as if he was defending the officers.He said Piepmeier made excuses for the officers.

Crawford's father said "We are not anti-police, we are just pro-justice. We are seeking justice for my son."

UPDATE @11:30 a.m. 9/25/2014: John H. Crawford, Jr., father of the deceased, said the family is in shock and disbelief that a young man can go into a store a patron and not come out alive.

"If he did nothing wrong, if he did not commit a crime, then why is he not here with us?" he said. "I'm at a loss for words. I'm appalled."

He said his son did not have a chance and that officers shot him on site.

UPDATE @ 11:10 a.m. 9/25/2014: Crawford family attorney Michael Wright said video released confirms that John Crawford did nothing wrong when he was shot and killed inside the Beavercreek Walmart. He said Crawford was shot for no reason and without justification. He said the family is shocked and in disbelief that the officer who shot Crawford was not indicted. He said it's a sad day when a 22 year old, unarmed man is killed. He said actions of DeWine and the special prosecutor show they had a bias. Wright said Crawford was "only a kid shopping at Walmart."

UPDATE @ 7:25 a.m. 9/25/2014: Attorney Michael Wright will hold a news conference today with the Crawford family to address what's next in the case.

UPDATE @ 2:20 p.m. 9/24/2014: The U.S. Justice Department will review the shooting of Crawford inside the Beavercreek Walmart, according to a release.

UPDATE @ 12:30 p.m.: Special prosecutor said the grand jury considered charges of murder, reckless homicide and negligent homicide.

UPDATE @ 12:05 p.m.: Vince Pope, attorney for the officers involved in the shooting, released the following statement: "I believe the grand jury's decision, it's absolutely the right decision, that the officers acted well within their training."

Derrick Foward, president of the Dayton Unit NAACP, said "The Special Grand Jury in Greene County made the wrong decision. It's a sad day in the history of Dayton. We will be calling for a full and complete investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Justice."

UPDATE @ Noon: Surveillance video shows several police officers rushing into the Beavercreek Walmart with guns drawn toward Crawford.

UPDATE @ 11:55 a.m.: Surveillance video from inside Walmart shows John Crawford III holding the air rifle on his shoulder and walking around the store.

UPDATE @ 11:35 a.m.: A special grand jury has decided not to indict the officers in the Beavercreek Walmart shooting. The grand jury found officers were justified in their actions.

Prosecutors are now playing police dispatch audio from Aug. 5, the night Crawford was shot and killed inside the Walmart by Beavercreek police.

UPDATE @ 10:45 a.m.: At 11:30 a.m. today the report of the Greene County Special Grand Jury involving the Beavercreek Walmart shooting will be filed in the Greene County Clerk of Court's Office, officicals announced in a press release. This report will state the findings of the Greene County Special Grand Jury and whether or not anyone will be indicted.

UPDATE @ 7:25 a.m. 9/24/2014 A special grand jury is expected to continue reviewing evidence for a third day today. The grand jury will determine if there is probable cause to indict Beavercreek police officers in the fatal shooting of John Crawford III inside the Beavercreek Walmart. We will have a news crew outside the courthouse and will post the latest developments as they happen.

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