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[ concerning the police trampling of a makeshift street memorial set up by community members & Micheal Brown’s mother ]
The 22-year-old Crawford was in fact carrying an unpackaged MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/pellet rifle he picked up in the store’s toy department. Police claim Crawford ignored their commands to drop the weapon, and the former Marine who called in the report and witnessed the shooting said Crawford “looked like he was going to go violently.”
But attorney Michael Wright said surveillance video from the incident, which Ohio’s attorney general allowed him to watch with Crawford’s family, contradicted those accounts.
“John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,”Wright said.
The attorney said surveillance video showed Crawford facing away from officers, talking on the phone, and leaning on the pellet gun like a cane when he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.
Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday handed the case over to a special prosecutor to present to a grand jury Sept. 22.
DeWine said Tuesday he was glad he had allowed Crawford’s family to view the surveillance video, but he did not plan to publicly release the video to avoid tainting the jury pool
Wright said the family objected to the piecemeal release of evidence, such as dispatch audio and video on the day of the shooting, was biased toward the police. “Everything released is one-sided,” Wright said. “There is nothing favorable to John Crawford. You can’t show different pieces, show it all, don’t trickle pieces to gain favour of the public.”
He said the video suggests Crawford probably did not see or hear officers as they arrived. Crawford was speaking by cell phone to his girlfriend, who was with his parents, when he was shot.
“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two children “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 shot him.”
Johnson put the phone on speaker mode, and she and Crawford’s parents heard him die. “I could hear him just crying and screaming,” Johnson said. “I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
Sgt. David Darkow, one of the officers involved in the shooting, has already been allowed to resume his duties.
The other officer, Sean Williams, remains on administrative leave.
former Marine and customer, who called police.
Carter was in the passenger seat of a pickup truck which was stopped by the Jonesboro, Arkansas Police Department. It was reported that an officer found small amounts of cannabis on his person after a body search and ran his information through the police computer network.The officers discovered that he had an outstanding warrant, so they placed him under arrest, searching him again and handcuffing his hands behind his back before placing him in the patrol vehicle.
Minutes later, the officers discovered that Chavis Carter was shot in the head. The officers found a semi-automatic, 380-caliber Cobra pistol near the body. The Jonesboro Police Department believe that he had hidden the gun on his person that the officers did not detect through the two searches and used it on himself. Carter’s mother disagreed, claiming that Carter had no history of suicidal thoughts or actions, and addressed the fact that he had made arrangements with his girlfriend to meet him at the prison the next day, and that the police killed him. In addition, she states that he was left-handed and was handcuffed behind his back, yet the bullet entered through his right temple. The two officers at the scene were placed on administrative leave and an investigation was started.
A video was released by the police in which a police officer of similar height and build to Carter shows how Carter could have shot himself while handcuffed in a police car.[A witness to the event said the police were outside the vehicle when the shot was fired.
The local NAACP sponsored a vigil. There have been several protests in Jonesboro due to many not believing the police explanation of Carter’s death.
On August 20, 2012, the Arkansas crime lab ruled the death as a suicide
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