Ohio Attorney General Refuses to Release Video of Man Gunned Down While Holding Pellet Gun

Ohio’s attorney general is steadfastly refusing to release surveillance video that shows a John Crawfordman armed with only a pellet gun being fαtally shοt by police at Wal-Mart.

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.”


17 Comment

  1. Bullshit. It's the beginning of the cover-up. They know that will show who's guilty and saving iut until the Officers are set free.

  2. They don't want another Ferguson protest in there city so suppressing the video only speculate that something wrong was done by the officers and it don't want to be viewed as incompetent justice towards black peoples so the federal should investigate why and the people should call for action and lead the charge to place the death penalty on the cops.

  3. The white supremacist system will do anything to set free a white murderer of a so called "Black" person.

  4. Here they go with this BS!!!! Has the lawyers for the family seen it? We're going to have to take a different approach cause what we've been doing is not working.

  5. If the tables were turned you would not need an FOIA.

  6. After 400 years American lawmakers still asking Black people to "trust the system – to let the judicial process work.” ain't that a blip….The State says trust it, but the state doesn't trust the people to (know) wow! That's an immature society, bullied into a state of stupidity.

  7. The Ohio Attorney General is doing the right thing. He allowed the family to see the video [i.e., evidence] and he’s trying to win his case in a court of law; he’s not trying to win an emotional and appealable case in the court of public opinion.

  8. If they are going to keep the video from being seen then there should have been no report pointing the finger at Mr Crawford! The report should have been "Beavercreek police gun down man holding a toy gun in Walmart after a 911 complaint was received." No more, no less! The reporting has suggested that the young man caused his own death. Doesn't that prejudice the jury pool?

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