No Indictment Of Cops In Walmart Shooting As Surveillance Video Shows Killing Of John Crawford
[su_right_ad]After refusing to do so for weeks, prosecutors released the surveillance video showing the police shooting and killing John Crawford III in an Ohio Walmart, just in time for the police officers involved to avoid a criminal indictment for the shooting.
On August 5, the 23 year-old Crawford was shot and killed by police for, essentially, holding a toy gun while black. When another customer saw Crawford carrying an air rifle he had picked up from the shelf at Walmart, the customer called 911 and reported a black man carrying what looked like an AR-15 (which is legal to do in Ohio, anyway) and allegedly pointing it at people.
Police said Crawford was waving the air rifle and ignored their commands to put it down, but according to LeeCee Johnson, the other of Crawford’s two children, she was on the phone with him at the time of the shooting:
“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.”
This week, though, attorney for the Crawford family Michael Wright says that he has seen surveillance footage from the store that shows Crawford was leaning on the air gun, barrel pointed down, when police shot him “on sight.”
Today, at a press conference announcing that the grand jury would not be indicting the two officers involved, Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier finally released the video of the shooting. The unedited footage not only shows that Crawford never held the weapon in a remotely threatening manner, but appears to have put it down before he was shot. Here’s the disturbing, unedited video…READ MORE