Video Details Police Shooting of Black Man Holding Toy Gun In Walmart
A surveillance video gives more insight into the death of John Crawford III, who was shot by police in an Ohio Walmart, the Huffington Post reports. The footage reveals that Crawford had his back turned to officers and was talking on a cell phone, according to a family attorney. The 22-year-old died on Aug. 5 after police responded to a call that there was an armed man at the Walmart. The gun in Crawford’s hand, however, was actually a pellet gun he got from the store’s toy department. Attorney Michael Wright said that the video, which he was allowed to see with Crawford’s family, contradicts statements by police and witnesses that he 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 young father of two was shot "on sight" in a "militaristic" response by police. LeeCee Johnson, who is the mother of Crawfords children, said she was on the phone with him when he was shot."[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,” Johnson told the Dayton Daily News. The Ohio attorney general’s office said that the gun Crawford was carrying was an MK-177 BB/pellet rifle, which is also known as a “variable pump air rifle.”, one officer involved in the shooting returned to duty last week, while the other officer remains on administrative leave. According to Huff Post, one of them was also involved in a 2010 shooting that was ruled as self-defense. The Crawford family’s said a special prosecutor is scheduled to present the case to a grand jury on Sept. 22. via Video Details Police Shooting of Black Man Holding Toy Gun In Walmart.