Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.
John Crawford III died Aug. 5 after police were called to Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, by another shopper who reported a man carrying what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle.
The 22-year-old Crawford was instead carrying an unpackaged MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/pellet rifle he picked up in the store’s toy department.
Police claim 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.”
But attorney Michael Wright said surveillance video from the incident, which Ohio’s attorney general allowed him to watch with Crawford’s family, contradicted those accounts.
“John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,” Wright said.
The attorney said surveillance video showed Crawford facing away from officers, talking on the phone, and leaning on the pellet gun like a cane when he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday handed the case over to a special prosecutor to present to a grand jury Sept. 22.
Piepmeier, an assistant Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor, has handled more than 100 officer-involved shooting cases in his career.
He oversaw the grand jury investigation of Stephen Roach, who was indicted but later acquitted of a negligent homicide charge in the fatal 2001 shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas that sparked race riots in Cincinnati.
DeWine said Tuesday he was glad he had allowed Crawford’s family to view the surveillance video, but he did not plan to publicly release the video 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.”
Wright said the family objected to the piecemeal release of evidence, such as dispatch audio and video on the day of the shooting, was biased toward the police.
“Everything released is one-sided,” Wright said. “There is nothing favorable to John Crawford. You can’t show different pieces, show it all, don’t trickle pieces to gain favor of the public.”
He said the video suggests Crawford probably did not see or hear officers as they arrived.
Crawford was speaking by cell phone to his girlfriend, who was with his parents, when he was shot.
“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two children. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”
Johnson put the phone on speaker mode, and she and Crawford’s parents heard him die.
“I could hear him just crying and screaming,” Johnson said. “I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
A 37-year-old woman at the store suffered an unspecified medical emergency after the shooting and died a short time later.
Sgt. David Darkow, one of the officers involved in the shooting, has already been allowed to resume his duties.
The other officer, Sean Williams, remains on administrative leave.
Wright called on DeWine to turn over the case to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Watch this video report posted online by WDTN-TV.
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Amazingly, not The Onion:
“[W]e now have young men telling Bloomberg News that they basically view their female peers as rape bombs just waiting to explode and ruin their lives.”
I REPEAT: THIS IS NOT THE ONION
I wish I could say I can’t believe men would say such dumb shit.
Literally, go fuck yourselves. Bye.
Audio reveals multiple shots, a pause, then more shots.
Six or seven shots. A three-second pause. Four more shots.
An audio file obtained by the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday is believed to have captured the shooting of Michael Brown Jr.
If authenticated, it would be the first recording of the actual incident to have surfaced since Brown’s death on Aug. 9.
Lawyer Lopa Blumenthal said her client, who lives in the apartment complex where Brown was killed, captured the shooting while recording a video text message to a friend.
Blumenthal said the man who made the recording did not want to be named. She said he came forward reluctantly and feared for his safety.
The FBI interviewed him for about an hour and a half on Monday, she said.
A private autopsy showed Brown was shot six times, but did not reveal the number of times Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fired his weapon.
The shooting has sparked nightly demonstrations and attracted world wide media attention.
Blumenthal said sympathizers to both Brown and Wilson have contacted her saying that the three second pause bolsters their cases.
But Blumenthal said she thought the recording was important.
"There was a pause," she said,"and to me a pause means time to think and contemplate."
Blumenthal would not reveal her client’s name or the exact location of his residence, except to say it was in the Canfield Green apartment complex in close proximity to the shooting.
Nor would she give out the name of the person who received the video.
But she said she was certain the recording is authentic.
"I’m 100 percent positive this is accurate," she said. "He is not doing this for the publicity. He has no motivation to lie."
Source: Stephen Deere & David Hunn for The St. Louis Dispatch
The United Nation’s Amnesty International shows up in Ferguson to inform all of us Americans that our government is violating UN laws which we swore to adhere to in how to treat our own citizens.
A day at a peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri
gamer nerds are so dramatic
I strongly encourage everyone to check out the tweet and marvel at nerds’ anguished realization that their heroes do not all share their insular mutated worldview
See this is why you can’t have rational discussions with men! They get so emotional.
*CACKLING IN THE DISTANCE*
have you ever had a friend who is literally like your soul mate but like in a friendship way like you are so compatible and perfect for each other
"Always believe people about abuse" sounds like a good rule but it isn’t.
It is really, really important to remember that abusers often accuse their victims of abuse.