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Sat Oct 1, 2016, 07:28 AM

Attorney: DOJ close to indicting officer who shot John Crawford III

Source: NBC Affiliate WLWT

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio A federal investigation is getting closer to a possible indictment of a Beavercreek police officer.

The parents of John Crawford III and their attorney met with top-ranking federal investigators and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch in Washington on Friday.

The family's attorney, Michael Wright, said the meeting was a status report on the investigation's progress involving the death of Crawford.

Crawford was shot and killed by a Beavercreek police officer on Aug. 5, 2014, while shopping at Walmart.

The 22-year-old from Fairfield had picked up a pellet gun off a shelf. He was carrying it in the store while talking on the phone.

Read more: http://www.wlwt.com/article/attorney-doj-close-to-indicting-officer-who-shot-john-crawford-iii/4371490

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Response to Quackers (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 07:37 AM

1. It's about time.... There's an eerily similar story about two white guys who shot up a Wal-Mart

with pellet guns or something, and they lived to tell about it... The officers just arrested them, nothing more

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Response to secondwind (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 07:45 AM

3. I'm sorry, did you just try to equate white guys actually shooting with a black guy carrying ?


tsk, tsk, tsk...you'll never get that job in law enforcement with that kind of poor judgement. Obviously one is a threat to the life, liberty and happiness of everyone around them. The other is just a couple guys being guys.




Unfortunately, there are probably dozens of incidents like you described that are considered so benign, they don't even get reported.

World's gotta change.

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Response to secondwind (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 08:49 AM

6. They're not really similar. Those guys actually shot up the store. Crawford was minding his own

 

business and had the cops called on him by a couple of idiots who falsely claimed that he was aiming a gun at people.

Whether they had a call about a possible active shooter or not, the cops should have noticed that there was no commotion in the store when they arrived and that the supposed shooter was talking on his cell phone and using the gun as a crutch. Not only was there no cause for deadly force to be used, but the officer who fired didn't give Crawford any time to comply.


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Response to secondwind (Reply #1)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 05:53 PM

10. I'm sorry

but this is in no way similar. The difference John Crawford died. Stop making comparisons like this

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Response to Quackers (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 07:41 AM

2. Good to see. I hope first of many that DOJ takes on.



I'd love to see this be the beginning of a consistent pattern. That would be a good first step in having local cops know that when they pull that trigger, it isn't going to be their mom's cousin, or some neighbor's brother in law (or whatever friend of a friend) over in the prosecutor's office deciding the next step.

We should be so lucky.

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Response to Quackers (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 07:47 AM

4. I'll never forget the video

There have been some police shootings where I think ok maybe the video doesn't really capture everything the cop is seeing but this was so clear cut absolutely no reason to react the way the cops did.
John Crawford was doing nothing at all to justify his murder.

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Response to Quackers (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 07:49 AM

5. The family said they felt optimistic after the visit with Attorney General.

I do hope this makes it to trial. Poor John Crawford was murdered for being comfortable in this racist society. Yes, it was a dumb thing to do, but he never posed a threat...he was walking around with an off the shelf toy gun....talking on his cell phone. The Officers NEVER cleared and secured the scene...just shot him down...then asked questions.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 08:53 AM

7. What's most disturbing is their lack of observational ability. They were told that there was a

 

possible active shooter in a busy store, but failed to notice the fact that everybody seemed perfectly calm and was carrying on as if there wasn't a problem when they arrived.

Either those guys were incredibly poorly trained, or they were looking for an excuse, any excuse, to shoot somebody.

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Response to Chakab (Reply #7)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 10:04 AM

8. Exactly.. .it's the simple things like the general customer's lack of panic..

Indeed...a complete failure by the Officers.

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Response to FarPoint (Reply #5)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 11:08 AM

9. They thought they could get away with murder

and they just might knowing how the American public sees all who wear uniforms as heroes.

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Response to Quackers (Original post)

Sat Oct 1, 2016, 11:46 PM

11. I Hope The Officer Is Held Responsible 4 The Lady Who Died Of Heart Attack After Hearing The Shots!

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Response to Corey_Baker08 (Reply #11)

Sun Oct 2, 2016, 08:48 AM

13. Funny you mention that.

The lady was my wife's cousin. We didn't know her though. It just amazing how small the world really is and how these things affect all of us.

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Response to Quackers (Reply #13)

Sun Oct 2, 2016, 05:58 PM

14. I'm Sorry For Your Families' Loss...

I Am A Local Resident & Local News Covered It Extensively. I Would Encourage Your Family To File A Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against The City of Fairborn, FB Police Department, Walmart, The Officers Involved As Well As Any & All Involved...

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Response to Quackers (Original post)

Sun Oct 2, 2016, 01:15 AM

12. They should include the caller who "S.W.A.T.'d" him too.

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