Video Of John Crawford’s Girlfriend Being Aggressively Questioned After Ohio Police Shot Him Dead
After the shooting death of John Crawford, 22, by police, authorities aggressively questioned his visibly distraught girlfriend.
Police officer Sean Williams shot Crawford, a black man, while he held a BB gun in an Ohio Walmart store.
[su_center_ad]While being questioned, an officer accused Tasha Thomas of lying and he even suggested that she was high on drugs.
The Guardian reports:
She was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm when they entered the Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, to buy crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars on the evening of 5 August.
“You lie to me and you might be on your way to jail,” Detective Rodney Curd told Thomas as she wept and repeatedly offered to take a lie-detector test.
It was after more than an hour and a half of questioning that Curd finally told Thomas that Crawford had died.
“As a result of his actions, he is gone,” the officer said.
A customer called 911 and claimed that John Crawford was pointing a gun at passersby.
According to surveillance footage, that was hardly true.
Crawford was seen in the video picking up the BB rifle from a shelf, then wandering the aisles while occasionally swinging the gun at his side as he spoke on his cellphone to his ex-girlfriend.
A 94-minute police video recording, released to the Guardian by the office of Mike DeWine, the Ohio attorney general, in response to a public records request, shows Thomas, 26, being interviewed by Curd after she was driven from Walmart to the Beavercreek police department. Curd later told investigators he had not yet been told Crawford only had a BB gun that had been on sale at the store.
Curd promptly asked Thomas whether she and Crawford had criminal records. Already tearful and breathless, Thomas explained that she may have had some traffic offences and had been arrested for petty theft as a juvenile.
At one point, Curd banged on the table in front of them with his hand and said, “Tell me where he got the gun from.”
But, Ms. Thomas said Crawford was only carrying only a white plastic grocery bag when they arrived at Walmart to buy the ingredients to make s’mores at a family cook-out.
After being asked several times if Crawford owned a gun, Thomas said, “Not that I know.”
Curd went on to tell her, “Don’t tell me ‘not that you know’, because that’s the first thing I realize somebody’s not telling me the truth”.
Again he told the woman, “You need to tell me the truth” and “You need to be truthful.”
Curd repeatedly suggested to Thomas that LeeCee Johnson, the mother of John’s two sons, who was actually at home in Cincinnati, may also have been in the Walmart store and that Crawford was there to attack her.
“Did he ever mention ‘I’m going to shoot that bitch’ or something like that?” Curd asked Thomas.
Curd went on to ask Ms. Thomas if she was intoxicated, asking her: “Have you been drinking? Drugs? Your eyes are kind of messed-up looking.”
Like recent cases, a grand jury decided in September that Williams and another officer involved should not face criminal charges.
Spot the irony:
The Guardian reports, “Crawford’s family and their attorneys have stressed since his death that under Ohio’s open-carry firearms laws and Walmart’s regulations, he would have been allowed to carry a real rifle with him around the store.”
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