Feds Announce No Charges For Officer In John Crawford III Shooting
After a grand jury declined to indict the officer involved in the August 5, 2014, John Crawford III shooting, the feds are declining to press charges as well.
Federal authorities announced Tuesday their investigation is over and because there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Sean Williams, the the white officer who killed Crawford in a Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart for “waving a rifle.” The weapon was later found to be an air rifle that Crawford was carrying from a store shelf.
According to NBC, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman and the Department of Justice said Tuesday that investigators analyzed store surveillance video using resources at the FBI laboratory in Quantico, Virginia, interviewed witnesses and used an independent crime scene reconstruction expert in their review.
A statement from them reads;
“The government would be required both to disprove his (Williams’) stated reason for the shooting — that he was in fear of death or serious bodily injury — and to affirmatively establish that Officer Williams instead acted with the specific intent to violate Mr. Crawford’s rights.”
All is not completely lost, however. While the murderous cop remains free, Crawford’s mother [above] and family have a civil lawsuit pending.