“[The] next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting…”
John Crawford III Killed By Police “On Site” While His Back Was Turned
New surveillance footage shows that John Crawford III, an Ohio man killed at Walmart for holding a toy gun, was talking on his cell phone with his back turned to officers when they fatally shot him.
The video now directly contradicts police and witness accounts that Crawford ignored commands to drop his “weapon.”
Surveillance video from an Ohio Walmart shows that a man fatally shot by police earlier this month had his back to officers and was talking on a cell phone, an attorney for the man’s family says.
John Crawford III died Aug. 5 after Beavercreek police responded to reports of an armed man at a Dayton-area Walmart. Crawford was not armed — he had a pellet gun with him, which he had picked up in the store’s toy department.
Attorney Michael Wright said that the video, which he was allowed to view with the man’s family, contradicts statements by police and witnesses that Crawford ignored commands to drop the gun and “looked like he was going to go violently.”
“John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,” Wright said in a statement. He said the 22-year-old father of two was shot “on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.
LeeCee Johnson, the mother of Crawford’s children, was on the phone with him when he was shot. She told the Dayton Daily News:
“[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… I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
The Ohio attorney general’s office said that the gun Crawford was carrying was an MK-177 BB/pellet rifle, also known as a “variable pump air rifle.”
A special prosecutor is scheduled to present the case to a grand jury Sept. 22, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday.
SMH…it really is open season out here. What ever happened to Tasers???