Feds Announce No Charges for Officer in Fatal 2014 Shooting of John Crawford III

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CINCINNATI — Federal authorities announced on Tuesday they have ended their investigation of the fatal police shooting of a black man in a Walmart store, concluding there wasn’t enough evidence to charge the white officer who killed him.

The officer shot John Crawford III on Aug. 5, 2014, after police responded to an emergency call about someone waving a rifle in a store in Beavercreek, a Dayton suburb. Police said Crawford, who was 22, didn’t obey commands to drop what they learned later was an air rifle he was carrying from a store shelf.

A special grand jury declined to indict anyone, and the Department of Justice then said it would probe possible civil rights violations.
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U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman and the Department of Justice said Tuesday they found insufficient evidence to pursue charges against Beavercreek police Officer Sean Williams, who fired the fatal shot. They said 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.

“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,” they said in a statement, adding that the evidence “simply cannot satisfy those burdens.”

The statement said Department of Justice officials had informed Crawford’s family.

The family’s attorney, Michael Wright, said it has been a frustrating wait and now their only recourse is their civil lawsuit, which is pending in federal court for trial next year.

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  • dilbert

    And the Bullshit cover-ups continue now to the Federal level.
    Lets finish this.

  • MarcelloHSouza

    Where are the videos of the incident?