Grand Jury Won’t Indict Officers For Walmart Shooting Of John Crawford
According to WHIO, a special grand jury has decided not to indict the officers involved in the Walmart shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford, who was gunned down as he walked around the store with a pellet gun. Apparently, members of the jury found that officers were justified in their actions. Derrick Foward, who is president of the Dayton Unit NAACP, has since spoken out about the jury’s determination.
“The Special Grand Jury in Greene County made the wrong decision. It’s a sad day in the history of Dayton. We will be calling for a full and complete investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Justice.”
Ohio Governor John Kasich agrees that this case should be reviewed by the United States Department of Justice.
“After talking with the Attorney General and watching the video myself, I agree with his decision that a review by the U.S. Department of Justice is appropriate,” Kasich said in a statement. “This is a tragedy for the Crawford family and I share the concern of many in the community that this matter must be handled with the utmost seriousness and respect. I’ve consulted with local leaders, including leaders in the African American community, and I applaud the example they have set of calm, restraint and patience.”
Special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier says that at least seven out of the nine jurors had to vote for one of three possible indictments: murder, reckless homicide or negligent homicide, but they did not.
“All I can say about this case is that it’s a tragedy,” Piepmeier said. “It’s a tragedy for the Crawford family … and it’s also a tragedy for the police officers, who have to live the rest of their lives knowing that, even though they had a justified use of force, they took the life of someone that didn’t need to die.”
For the first time, footage from that fateful day was made public during a press conference and shows Crawford walking around the Walmart while talking on his cell phone with the pellet rifle above his head, over his shoulder and at his side.
“He [Crawford] didn’t commit a crime, he did nothing wrong,” Piepmeier said. “At the same time, the police officers have to be judged on everything they had.”
We will continue to keep you posted as this story develops.