Police in Beavercreek say they gunned down John Crawford III after he refused to put down what appeared to be an AR-15, but an attorney for the man’s family says police shοt him on sight and didn’t give him the opportunity to drop the toy.
Family members say he was leaning on the toy rifle and talking on his cell phone when police officers opened fire. This is in line with statements made by the mother of Crawford’s kids, LeeCee Johnson, who was speaking to Crawford at the time he was shοt.
“He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were.”
Johnson says once police arrived, they gunned down Crawford without even asking him any questions.
“And 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 shοt him.”
Although Attorney General Mike DeWine allowed the family to view the surveillance video, he is refusing to make it public.
“Trust the system,” DeWine said. “There will be ample time later for people to criticize what is done, and I’m fully aware of that, but let the judicial process work.”
Media outlets have continuously requested the video, but DeWine says he doesn’t want to taint the jury pool.
“I think that it is playing with dynamite, frankly, to release that tape at this point,” DeWine explained. “And I think the dynamite simply is that it blows up and you can’t get a fair trial. That’s what we worry about.”