OH AG DeWine Investigates Police Killing Of Black Wal-Mart Shopper


While the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., gets lots of attention, a shooting of a black man by white police officers near Dayton last month has had a more measured response, reports NPR. Police officers shot and killed John Crawford, 22, in Beavercreek, Oh., after he picked up an air rifle BB gun in the store and carried it. A customer called 911. Officers say they gave Crawford two chances to drop the gun and then fired their weapons when he did not comply. His family’s attorney said, “There’s absolutely no indication that the police gave Mr. Crawford any kind of signal.”

Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers turned over the investigation to Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. DeWine’s office has spoken with at least 50 witnesses. Last month the attorney general showed a portion of the video to John Crawford’s family. “Like all of us, Mr. Crawford’s parents have questions about how this tragic event unfolded, and I felt it was only right that they be included as early as possible in this investigation,” DeWine said.

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