Police Fatally Shoot Ohio Man In Walmart Over Fake Gun In Toy Section, ‘It’s Not Real’
An Ohio man was shot dead by the police at a Walmart store in Beavercreek while holding a toy gun. John Crawford’s relatives say they’ve contacted civil rights organizations because they believe the shooting was not justified.
22-year-old Crawford was identified as the man Beavercreek police shot and killed Tuesday night.
According to LeeCee Johnson, the mother of Crawford’s children, she was on a cell phone call with Crawford when he was shot by officers. She said Crawford went to the area to visit family members.
“We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And 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,” she said, adding: “And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers said officers acted appropriately.
According to the Dayton Daily News, Johnson said she has two children with Crawford: John Crawford IV, who is 1, and Jayden Crawford, who is 4 months old. She just found out she is pregnant with a third child, but never got the chance to tell Crawford.
“He had a lot of family members that cared about him, and his kids. They’re not going to be able to know their dad. They’re too young — only 4 months and a year old — to even know how wonderful he was to them,” she said.
“I hope the police get fired and sent to jail, because (the officer who fired) didn’t do his job. He didn’t treat him like a human being. He didn’t treat him someone at Walmart looking at toy guns,” she said.
Lamon Brown, Crawford’s cousin, spoke on behalf of the family and said the family has contacted the NAACP and National Action Network.
“He does not own (a rifle-like weapon). We think it was a toy,” Brown said. “We actually think it was a toy. After these things happen they usually report what kind of gun it was, but they’re not saying what kind of gun it was.”
Tasha Thomas, who identified herself as Crawford’s girlfriend, said she drove him to the Walmart after picking him up at an outlet mall in Cincinnati. She said she was with him in the store and he was not armed.
“He did not have any type of gun on him,” she said. “It’s not fair.”
Watch courtesy of the Dayton Daily News:
Some of the comments under the article on the Dayton Daily News are rather telling. Most seem to think he deserved it, although, those same people would probably be stomping their feet if an Open Carry activist was shot down inside the store while holding an actual gun.
H/T: My buddy @TomCinmidlife with thanks.