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Case of Black Man Gunned Down by Police Inside Walmart Heads to Grand Jury

John Crawford was holding a pellet gun when he was gunned down by police officers insideJohn Crawford an Ohio Walmart. Crawford’s family says he was gunned down “on sight”, while officers at the scene insist that Crawford refused to drop his weapon. Now a grand jury is reviewing the evidence and will make the final decision as to whether the police behaved properly.

According to local affiliate WHIO, a special grand jury started reviewing evidence this week.

Demonstrators from Ferguson, MO were also in town to show support.

“They have declared war upon brown and black people. We didn’t ask for it. But what do you do when someone declares war upon your kind? You get ready. So I came here to . . . build with some of the organizers who are also seeking the same things we’re seeking in Ferguson. They’re seeking justice. They want answers. We’re building up a national organization of sorts,” Ashley Yates, who lives near Ferguson, told the local news station. She traveled over five hours to be in Ohio for the Crawford case.

Witness Ronald Ritchie called 911 to report that Crawford had a gun and was “pointing it at people” inside the Walmart, but, according to The Guardian, Ritchie has since changed his story:

One month later, Ritchie puts it differently. “At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody,” the 24-year-old said, in an interview with the Guardian. He maintained that Crawford was “waving it around”, which attorneys for Crawford’s family deny.

LeeCee Johnson says she heard Crawford tell officers that the gun wasn’t real before they opened fire.

“And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shoοting and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”

 

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32 Comment

  1. Ritchie needs to be held accountable for calling 911 and lying about Crawford’s behavior while carrying Walmart’ plastic gun to the cash register to buy for his child. SMH 🙁

  2. Wake Black People! It a Time to Kill Back! Protesting and marching will not save our Children against these Evil White Devils! It is War! We too dam dumb to see it! Seeking Justice when it's Just-Us getting Killed! Beat the Hell of a Dam Bully-but until then the Bully will not stop shooting us!

  3. So basically, Black men can’t wave a toy gun around in public…..in fear of what exactly?

  4. Every 36 hours an unarmed black man is killed by a white cop in the United States.

    This is a most mournful generation!

  5. This is worse than depravity: A Black Man is shot because he went to Walmart and picked up a toy gun to buy; a Black Man is shot because he picked up a toy gun that Walmart sells; a Black Man is shot because a white man made a phone call to the police about a pack of lies; a Black Man is shot because police officers believed the lies of that white man; a Black Man is shot because Walmart sells toy guns!!! The operative five words in all of this is, "A Black Man is shot!" When does this stop? Why a Grand Jury? This is open and shut murder, hate, and lies. I am outraged. Are we living in a Civil Society, or are we living in an Amoral Society. This murder should be the one that galvanizes people of color at least for us to understand the onslaught ahead. I grieve with this family.

  6. My thing is this: we black men know how difficult our struggle is. Why are we testing the waters? We go out and get white women thinking that we'll be accepted by the white race. I have no clue why this guy was in Walmart doing what he wanted with a bee bee gun. Whoever shot this guy needs to be held accountable for this transaction. I am hoping that black know that we have a target on our back and that we need to be extremely cautious out here.

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