Protesters Call For The Release Of Surveillance Video Showing Officers Killing John Crawford

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John Crawford was shot on sight by Ohio police for buying a toy gun in Wal-Mart

AFRICANGLOBE – The president of Ohio’s legislative Black caucus wants the state attorney general to release surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of John Crawford in a suburban Dayton Wal-Mart store.

State Rep. Alicia Reece, D-Cincinnati, said on her website that she has written to Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine expressing deep concern that information isn’t being released in a way that inspires confidence, especially in the African-American community.

In stressing the need to make information public, she referenced the violent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after the recent fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police and the protests that erupted in Cincinnati in 2001 after an officer shot and killed another young Black man.

“These events must be treated with utmost care, with transparency and fairness to the victims,” Reece said. She said that as vice mayor of Cincinnati, she dealt with the aftermath of the 2001 police shooting and that Cincinnati now has a model for better police-community relations.

“Transparency and early release of information is the only way to keep confidence in the process,” Reece wrote. “As long as our local, city and state officials use outdated strategies of dealing with people and the common methods of delay, there will be no confidence that justice is being served.”

A DeWine spokesman said Monday the attorney general’s office is planning a response to Reece’s letter.

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White residents gather to show support for the officers who killed an innocent man on sight. RACISM IS A GROUP ACTIVITY

“While a response has not yet been sent, I can confirm no change has been made in the decision to not release video at this time,” spokesman Dan Tierney said.

An attorney representing the family of John Crawford III says Wal-Mart surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified. Police responded Aug. 5 to a call about a man with a gun in the store; they claimed John Crawford refused orders to put down an air rifle.

A special grand jury will meet Sept. 22 to consider charges in the case. DeWine has said releasing the surveillance video could raise issues of a tainted jury pool if the case results in a trial.

“I think that it is playing with dynamite, frankly, to release that tape at this point,” DeWine recently told the Dayton Daily News. “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.”

John Crawford’s family want a federal investigation and have met with U.S. Attorney Carter Stewart. Family attorney Michael Wright said Stewart assured them Thursday that the Justice Department is monitoring and assisting Ohio’s investigation and will independently determine the merits of any potential federal prosecution.

Hundreds of people turned out for separate weekend rallies outside the Beavercreek Wal-Mart store. On Sunday, people rallied to show support for Beavercreek police. On Saturday, demonstrators urged police to release the tape. Organizers of the Saturday rally said the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to come to the area in a few weeks to speak about the shooting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins

 

AFRICAN AMERICA IS AT WAR

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICA

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON AFRICAN AMERICANS

THERE IS A RACE WAR ON BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

AMERICA'S RACISTS HAVE INFILTRATED AMERICAN POLICE FORCES TO WAGE A RACE WAR AGAINST BLACK PEOPLE IN AMERICA

THE BLACK RACE IS AT WAR

FIRST WORLD WAR:  THE APPROXIMATELY 6,000 YEAR WORLD WAR ON AFRICA AND THE BLACK RACE

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It's too bad and sadder than sad, these man-kind whatevers ever left the Caucasus mountain caves.  They're the equivalent to Sasquatch Ebola to Africans in America. All this hatred and murder our sons by them because of fornication and their damn women.

Originally Posted by Norland:

It's too bad and sadder than sad, these man-kind whatevers ever left the Caucasus mountain caves.  They're the equivalent to Sasquatch Ebola to Africans in America. All this hatred and murder our sons by them because of fornication and their damn women.

I worked with so many old bastards who would smile in your face but say shit behind my back. I never had anything to do with them on a social basis. I never laugh with them and was all business with a smile and easy going nature but I would be damned if I broke bread with them. 

 

Lunch time I ate by myself, when it was time to leave there was a smile but no goodbyes. I communicated mostly through email and I always copied the team. I worked that job for 15 years and everyday I worked they knew that I knew who they were. I got another brother hired, suddenly I did not have lunch alone. I kissed no ass and did not expect anyone to kiss mines. I mind my own business and did my job. We would go out of town for jobs and I would not stay in the same hotel with them. I would smile and shake hands and get down doing my job that was it. If I had something to say I would say in front of everybody with cool and dignity. But lunch time, poof, I was gone, fuk'em! Old white bastards. 

"White residents gather to show support for the officers who killed an innocent man on sight."

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Now, just how sick and mentally twisted do you have to be to support a man thatmurdered, executed an unarmed teenager in cold blood.  

 

How mentally deranged do you have to be to actually support shooting and unarmed human being (6) times, and twice in the head?  

i.e. [Ferguson]

 

And, here supporting police murdering a customer in Walmart for no other reason than because he was Black and they were merely seizing the opportunity to murder a human being, particularly a Black person, with impunity.  

 

They keep LYNCHING Black people in America for the same reason they did during jim crow, because they know that they can do it and get away with it; because they know that even if a case did make it to court, there will be enough racist sociopaths on the jury or in courts in system, on the bench to ensure that they will walk free.  

 

Racism is a mental illness.  Racial Hatred is just as much a mental illness as being a sociopath, as being a psychopath, as being a pedophile, and as being a serial killer.  

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In March of 2012 a man in Pasadena, California, called 911 and claimed that he'd been robbed at gunpoint. Officers were dispatched and not long afterward 19-year-old college student Kendrec McDade lay dead of police-fired gunshots.

Police claimed they had chased McDade. That he had behaved "suspciously." They even claimed they "heard shots" they thought McDade fired at them.

According to prosecutors, McDade fled on foot up Sunset Street with his right hand at his waist. As he ran, Officer Griffin sped past him in a patrol cruiser and blocked the street as Officer Newlen chased him on foot. McDade was about to run past the cruiser when he turned and ran directly toward the cruiser where Griffin was seated.

"He left the sidewalk and he's running at me," Griffin told investigators. "This -- this scares the crap out of me. I don't know why he is running at me. He's still clutching his waistband. I think he's got a gun. I'm stuck in the car. I got nowhere to go."

Fearing for his life, Griffin said he fired four times through the open driver's side window. McDade was two or three feet away. Griffin said he then ducked down to his right to avoid being hit by shots he expected from McDade. He heard two shots and believed McDade had fired at him.

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He described seeing McDade walk toward the rear of the car and crouch down. Newlen saidhe heard a second gunshot at that point and saw muzzle flash. Believing McDade was firing at him, Newlen fired four or five shots at McDade, who fell to the ground after being hit.

Yet as it turned out, McDade was only armed with a cellphone, not a gun. There was no "second gunshot." There was no "muzzle flash." All of this was suspicious behavior was apparently in the officer's head.

Please read below the fold for more on this story.

 

McDade did not die right away. He was handcuffed in the street for an extended period, while any first aid was denied. He died later at the hospital.

Despite all these facts the officers were found to have been "within policy" and the shooting ruled "Justified" even though pretty much none of what Officer Griffin or Newlen described was even possible if McDade didn't have a gun, (unless the "muzzle flash" Newlen saw was actually Griffin firing at McDade, not McDade firing at him). Letting him lay in he street handcuffed and wounded without aid certainly didn't improve his chances of survival. (All of this may be why the city of Pasadena paid his parents over $1 million in compensation.) Instead prosecutors focused on the 911 caller who had lied about being robbed of his computer at gunpoint in the first place in order to make sure that police didn't ignore his call.

In addition to confusion over who was firing shots, the two officers were operating on a false premise that McDade had committed an armed robbery. Oscar Carrillo, who reported that his computer had been stolen, had falsely told police that he had been robbed at gunpoint and later claimed he saw what he thought was the barrel of a gun.
Carillo was arrested for involuntary manslaughter in his involvement in McDade's death.  Although that charge was dropped, he ultimately pled guilty to filing a false report and served 90 days in jail.

So what I want to know is after Ronald Ritchie called 911 in the Beavercreak, Ohio Walmart claiming that John Crawford was brandishing a AR-15, trying to load it and pointing it at customers—why he isn't being charged with manslaughter for lying to 911 since all Crawford actually had was a BB gun from the store's toy section. The store video shows he never pointed it at anyone, it was unloaded, and that he was actually leaning on it like a cane when officers arrived and shot him dead before he could even turn around to face or respond to them?

Initially when on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, Ritchie claimed he was "pointing the gun at children" and "trying to load it."

But that's not what the video shows:

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.

Now that's of course the attorney's view of things and they're going to shade it to the benefit of his clients, the family. It would be simple to release the video, as we've seen many other videos of police shootings including the shooting of Kajeime Johnson Powell in St. Louis, or the video of Michael Brown in the convenience store prior to his shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, but apparently Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine thinks allowing people to actually see what happened, would be "tainting the jury pool."
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.

“I thought the family had the right to view it,” DeWine said. “The mom did not want to view it; I understand it. The dad did view it, (but) to put the video out on TV is not the right thing to do.

“I think that it is playing with dynamite, frankly, to release that tape at this point,” DeWine said. “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.”

Can't get a fair trial—for who exactly? The police have already been exonerated in this by their own department. I mean, they almost always are aren't they? Could Dewine be tacitly admitting that the video shows what Crawford's father says it does?
It was an execution, no doubt about it,” his father said. “It was flat-out murder — and when you see the footage, it will illustrate that.”
Yeah, that just could be dynamite if the public actually had a chance to see it rather than police selectively releasing what they want to the media to protect the people who should be the suspects in a killing.

Or might that be the trial of this guy?  

 

Or perhaps not since the AG office apparently showed Ritchie the video...

Attorney General Mike DeWine has so far refused, saying it would be “playing with dynamite” to do so prior to a grand jury hearing scheduled for Sept. 22.

However, Ritchie claims he was shown the video by officials in the attorney general’s bureau of criminal investigation—and Wright said he intends to file a complaint with DeWine.

“That is very improper,” Wright said, arguing that Ritchie’s statement should be based only on his own recollections.

And Ritche now has adjusted his story accordingly after previously saying he was "pointing the gun at children"...
At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody,” he said, although he continued to insist Crawford was “waving it around.”

“Even still, it’s a gun in Walmart, in a public place, inducing panic,” Ritchie said.

Ritchie said Crawford turned toward the officer after hearing the order, then tried to run to his right, causing the muzzle to swing toward the officer.

“Then he got back up and tried to either go for the rifle or go for one of the officers,” Ritchie said. “But the officer had him on the ground before he got to either target.”

"It's a gun in Walmart, in a public place, inducing panic." Yet the only panicked person up to the point that the police arrived and started shooting was Ritchie.  Which is besides the point that Ohio has an open carry law.

It's even part of the Ohio State Constitution.

The people have the right to bear arms for their defense and security; but standing armies, in time of peace, are dangerous to liberty, and shall not be kept up; and the military shall be in strict subordination to the civil power.
But apparently that right does not exist, for John Crawford.

Interesting that at no point does Ritchie, even after seeing the tape and clearly having ample opportunity to be informed of facts, admit that all Crawford had was a BB gun, that he never tried to load it, or that he was leaning on it like a cane, so it wasn't in "firing position" at all. Nor did Crawford appear to even physically react to the officers at all on the tape according to Wright.

“Based on the video that we saw, it did not even appear that he knew they were there,” Wright said. “He doesn’t look at the officers, he doesn’t turn his body towards the officers. It’s as if he was just shot on sight by the officers.”
Does it seem right to anyone else that the person who apparently filed a false report that resulted in an innocent unarmed man being shot to death—not to mention the second shopper who in the panic and excitement caused by the shooting died of a heart condition on the scene—should be granted access to the video to help him clean up his story rather than being treated as a suspect? If Dewine doesn't want to taint the jury pool, don't you think he also wouldn't want to taint the witnesses? Particular one who IMO should probably be a suspect for trying to create a SWATing event against Crawford?

Ritchie made demonstrably false claims to the 911 dispatcher that put the police in the "deadly force" frame of mind in exactly the same manner that Carillo's false report did in California. Both sets of LIES contributed to the death of innocent, unarmed, men.

Maybe I'm strange, but I think this just plain smells.

Doubts cast on witness's account of black man killed by police in Walmart

Alleged to have threatened customers, John Crawford, 22, was having a phone conversation while holding an unloaded BB gun 

walmart shootingStudents protest outside the office of the Ohio attorney general, Mike DeWine, in Columbus to call for the release of Walmart’s in-store video. Photograph: Jim Otte/AP

When Ronald Ritchie called 911 from the aisles of a Walmart in western Ohio last month to report that a black man was “walking around with a gun in the store”, he said that shoppers were coming under direct threat.

“He’s, like, pointing it at people,” Ritchie told the dispatcher. Later that evening, after John Crawford III had been shot dead by one of the police officers who hurried to the scene in Beavercreek, Ritchie repeated to reporters: “He was pointing at people. Children walking by.”

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.

Ritchie told several reporters after the 5 August shooting that he was an “ex-marine”. When confronted with his seven-week service record, however, he confirmed that he had been quickly thrown out of the US marine corps in 2008 after being declared a “fraudulent enlistment”, over what he maintains was simply a mixup over his paperwork.

Crawford, 22, turned out to be holding an unloaded BB air rifle that he had picked up from a store shelf. After Ritchie said Crawford appeared to be “trying to load” the gun, the 911 dispatcher relayed to an officer that it was believed the gunman “just put some bullets inside”.

The Crawfords’ attorneys told the Guardian that they had learned the preliminary findings of an autopsy were that he was shot in the back of his left arm and in his left side, supporting their claim that he was turned away from the police officer who shot him.

They have pleaded with Mike DeWine, Ohio’s attorney general, to release the store’s surveillance footage of the shooting to the public. Having viewed it, they say that it disproves Ritchie’s version of what led to the deaths of both Crawford and a 37-year-old woman who collapsed and died in the ensuing panic.

“It was an execution, no doubt about it,” alleged Crawford’s father, John Crawford II. “It was flat-out murder. And when you see the footage, it will illustrate that.”

DeWine has said that releasing the footage would be “playing with dynamite” and prevent any trial from being fair. He has assigned a special prosecutor from the neighbouring Hamilton County to handle the case. A grand jury will begin hearing evidence on it later this month. A Beavercreek police spokesman said in a statement: “Preliminary indications are that the officers acted appropriately under the circumstances.”

Following the opening of a federal inquiry into the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the Crawfords’ attorneys have also urged the Department of Justice to open a civil rights investigation into the Ohio incident, only the second fatal police shooting in Beavercreek’s history. A white officer has been placed on administrative leave following Crawford’s shooting.

The attorneys said that they would also be lodging a complaint with DeWine after Ritchie told the Guardian that he, too, was shown the surveillance footage by officials in the attorney general’s bureau of criminal investigation, who are investigating the shooting.

“That is very improper,” said attorney Michael Wright, who said that Ritchie’s statement on what happened should have been based only on what he remembered seeing.

Ritchie said that he had also become aware of past criminal allegations against Crawford, which were dropped. He declined to say if he had learned this from DeWine’s officials. Asked four times by the Guardian whether they had told the witness about Crawford’s court record, a spokesman for DeWine declined to comment.

‘He was stood so still’

Crawford was a high school graduate who had two young sons. On the evening of 5 August he was at the Walmart in a suburb of Dayton, with his girlfriend, Tasha Thomas. They were to buy ingredients to make S’mores for a family cookout, according to his family’s attorneys.

The couple separated inside the store. Crawford began a conversation on his mobile phone with LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two sons. Walking in the sporting goods section, he approached a shelf and picked up a MK-177 BB/pellet air rifle, which was already unboxed.

“He never put the phone down,” said his father. “He just kind of picked the rifle up and carried it, was walking around with it.”

From this point, the Crawford team’s description of what is shown in the surveillance footage differs radically from Ritchie’s recollection, which he insisted was also backed up by the recordings from the Walmart cameras.

Crawford’s father and attorneys said that the footage showed the 22-year-old walking from one aisle to the next with the BB rifle at his side and in his left hand, pointed at the floor except for one notable movement.

“I would think that the rifle maybe got heavy to him,” said his father. “He kind of swung it like you carry it on your shoulder, then he immediately put it back down.”

“You can clearly see people walk past him, and they didn’t think anything about it. Everybody was just kind of minding their own business,” his father added. “He wasn’t acting in any type of way that he would have been considered menacing, if you will.”

Ritchie, however, says Crawford was “waving the weapon around”, causing the muzzle to move in the direction of passersby, including him and his wife, April. “And even still, it’s a gun in Walmart, in a public place, inducing panic,” said Ritchie.

The Crawford family’s attorneys contend that Ohio’s “open-carry” law means that he could have been legally holding the rifle in the store even if it had been a full-powered firearm. “We never saw him waving this rifle in front of kids or people,” said his father.

Crawford arrived at the pet products section in the next aisle, estimated at 60 yards from where he had picked up the item. Then, his family and their attorneys say, at about 8.20pm, he stopped and stood still for about six minutes. “With the rifle pointed down and the cell phone up in his right hand,” said his father, he stayed there facing a shelf, apparently preoccupied by the call.

“He didn’t move,” said his father. “He was stood so still, in fact, we thought the track had actually stopped. I asked the technician ‘what’s going on?’ and he said ‘Well, the reel is still running Mr Crawford, look at the time’.”

Ritchie, on the other hand, stated that at this stage, Crawford was “pointing [the BB rifle] at things, like moving things around the shelf with the gun.”

At about 8.26pm, armed police officers responding to Ritchie’s 911 call five minutes earlier come into view on the footage, according to those who viewed it. Within seconds, Crawford was shot twice and pounced on. He was taken to hospital but died from his wounds. The Crawfords’ attorneys say only Ritchie called 911 before the shooting.

Police and Ritchie say an officer to Crawford’s left twice shouted “put it down”. “Responding officers confronted the suspect inside the store area and the subject was shot after failing to comply with officers’ verbal commands,” a Beavercreek police spokesman said in a statement.

Ritchie says Crawford turned towards the officer after hearing the instruction, and then moved to run to his right, causing the BB rifle’s muzzle to swing in the officer’s direction moments before the officer fired.

“Then he got back up and tried to either go for the rifle or go for one of the officers,” Ritchie said of Crawford. “But the officer had him on the ground before he got to either target.”

Yet the Crawford team dismiss almost all of this. By the time the officer advanced from his left, according to Wright, Crawford was “turned 30 degrees to the right,” standing “almost in a catty-corner position, facing in an opposite direction to the direction they were coming”.

He did not seem to hear the police orders, said Wright. “Based on the video that we saw, it did not even appear that he knew they were there,” he said. “He doesn’t look at the officers, he doesn’t turn his body towards the officers. It’s as if he was just shot on sight by the officers.”

Johnson, the mother of Crawford’s children, who remained on the phone line to him throughout, has told reporters that she heard him say “It’s not real”, adding: “they said ‘get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him”. Wright said they were trying to reconcile this with the footage.

Crawford’s father and Wright insist that the footage also did not show the 22-year-old trying to flee, nor trying to get back up to reach the weapon, which, they stress, he would have known was an unloaded BB rifle with no potential use. His only movement, they said, was a few steps to the right and to the ground upon being shot.

The Crawfords’ attorneys said they had been informed by Dr Robert Shott, deputy coroner of Montgomery County, that the 22-year-old was “shot in the back of the left arm, above the elbow, and on the left side of his torso, to the left of his belly button”. Shott did not respond to a message requesting comment. Ritchie, however, said the first shot entered Crawford’s arm from the front after he turned to the officer.

Within a few minutes, fellow shopper Angela Williams, a 37-year-old nursing home worker reported to have suffered from a heart condition, was in cardiac arrest after collapsing trying to flee the melee. She died later that evening in hospital.

Crawford’s attorneys said Williams and two of her young children had been in the same aisle as Crawford in the moments before the shooting. “She was completely indifferent as to him being there,” said Wright. “She wasn’t startled, she wasn’t alarmed or anything like that.”

Ritchie said that it was his own heart condition that saw him discharged from the US marines after joining in September 2008. He insisted that he had disclosed the condition when signing up. However, he claimed, “my recruiter never turned that paperwork in, so they considered me a fraudulent enlistment” when officers later discovered the condition.

walmart shootingOfficer Sean Williams was one of two police officers placed on leave after the shooting. Photograph: Beavercreek police department

Beavercreek police and the attorney general’s office have declined to name the officer who shot Crawford. However, after Sergeant David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams were placed on leave following the incident, Darkow has returned to work but Williams has not.

Williams was the officer behind the only other fatal police shooting in Beavercreek. In 2010, he shot dead Scott Brogli, a retired master sergeant in the US air force. According to Williams and a colleague, Brogli charged at them with a large knife after they went to investigate the 45-year-old’s drunken beating of his wife. A grand jury declined to bring any charges.

Wright, the Crawfords’ attorney, cited this in reiterating a request for the Department of Justice to step in and mount its own investigation.

“This has a lot of civil rights implications,” said Wright of the Ohio shooting. “This was a young black man apparently being shot and killed by a white police officer.” The US attorney for the southern district of the state has said his office is “monitoring” the case.

“Attorney General DeWine has been keeping US attorney Carter Stewart updated as the case and investigation has been proceeding,” said Dan Tierney, a spokesman for DeWine. “We’ve also been updating the FBI.”

John Crawford II said that he would remember his son by the laughter they shared one week before the shooting, while playing pool in a restaurant-bar on the evening of his 22nd birthday. “I hugged him, and I told him ‘happy birthday’, and we finished the night out, and we came home,” he said. “And I can just remember him smiling and having a good time.”

“We’re still in the shock stage of things,” he said. “I’m still relatively numb.” A grand jury in Greene County is scheduled to begin hearing evidence on 22 September.

the state is fighting hard to keep the video.  I think they should have either already released the video or at least not commented on the actions of the cops.  According to them, the victim did not put down the gun when asked, but the family. who saw the footage, stated that the guy had the gun pointed down using it like a cane and was on the phone.  the police shot him on sight. 

 

 

Release the video!!!  and then release any other video evidence that shows a white guy getting the same treatment from Officer Friendly

Oh, Momentum, we don't have to discuss that job crap.  I'd pull up on the job parking lot, get out of my car, put feet back in car and drive the hell back home. I'd be:  Not today!!  Temporarily saved myself from high blood pressure, stress and the urge to kill for 24 hours.  There are no words to describe working with white men and women for 8 hours.  They bring all their prejudices right along with them to the job.  Give ya fuckin' migraines.

He Lied: ‘Witness’ In John Crawford Shooting Changes Story

 

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John Crawford was shot on sight by Ohio police for buying a toy gun in Walmart

AFRICANGLOBE – John Crawford III, the African American man shot dead by police in a Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart, may be gone; butrevelations about what he was or was not doing before his death continues to unfold.

 

Now, the witness who made the phone call that led to the shooting has changed his story. Ronald Ritchie, the man who called police and said that John Crawford was pointing a gun at shoppers in the store, now says that at no point did the young father of two make any such gesture.

 

John Crawford III was shot dead about a month ago for holding onto a BB gun as he walked through the aisles in Wal-Mart.

 

Ritchie, who claims to have witnessed Crawford, called 911 and reported that a Black man was “walking around with a gun in the store,” posing a threat to shoppers and pointing the firearm toward them, according to reports.

Now the witness is changing his story.

 

“At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody,” the 24-year-old told The Guardian, although he still claims that Crawford III was waving the BB gun around.

 

Several “facts” in Ritchie’s story has changed over the recent weeks. The Guardian reported that following the shooting he had told reporters that he was an “ex-Marine,” now acknowledges that he was tossed from the Corps for “fraudulent enlistment” after serving only seven weeks – but blames paperwork for the removal.

 

Ritchie also told The Guardian that he has a heart condition that caused him to be discharged. Although he claims he had disclosed the condition, for which he was dismissed after only a few weeks, he says his recruiter never turned in the paperwork.

 

Attorneys for Crawford’s family have been able to view the video footage, and will surely use it to further discredit an already faltering witness. On the video they see that Crawford never made any threatening movements, and every other shopper seemed unbothered by his presence, BB gun and all.

 

“It was an execution, no doubt about it,” John Crawford II said of his son’s death. “It was flat-out murder. And when you see the footage, it will illustrate that.”

 

It was recently revealed through interviews with the media, that John Crawford II was actually on the phone with his son, as he took his final breaths. In fact, the Crawford family and their attorneys who have seen the video, say that Crawford III was on his cellphone as he walked into the sporting goods section of the chain store, picking up the BB gun that was already unboxed. They claim that he continued walking around the store with the BB gun at his side, pointed toward the floor.

 

Only once did he hoist it up a bit, a gesture that his father thinks was made because the toy had perhaps become too heavy. “He kind of swung it like you carry it on your shoulder, then he immediately put it back down,” his father explained.

 

“You can clearly see people walk past him, and they didn’t think anything about it. Everybody was just kind of minding their own business,” Crawford II added. “He wasn’t acting in any type of way that he would have been considered menacing, if you will.”

 

As the young man approached the pen aisle, he stood still for quite a few minutes, deep in conversation on his phone, the air rifle still pointed toward the floor.

 

Shortly afterward, officers arrived on the scene, where they shot and killed him. According to The Guardian, friends and family who saw the footage said that he was turned away, facing the opposite direction from the officers. The young man didn’t appear to see, or even hear, the officers.

 

He doesn’t look at the officers, he doesn’t turn his body towards the officers. It’s as if he was just shot on sight by the officers,” attorney Michael Wright insists.

 

These statements make Ritchie’s previous story, as allegedly told to reporters, about Crawford III turning to the officers on their commands to drop the weapon before making a move as if he were going to run, a complete fabrication. He said the move caused the gun muzzle to point toward the officers before they started firing.

 

However, The Guardian notes, the family has said that an autopsy shows that the young man was shot in the back of his left arm and in his left side, which indicates that he was not facing the officers when he was shot.

 

The video has yet to be released to the public by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Admittedly, there is fear that it would be “playing with dynamite” and hinder a fair trial, according to The Guardian

 

 

 

 

Originally Posted by sunnubian:

 

 

Now, the witness who made the phone call that led to the shooting has changed his story. Ronald Ritchie, the man who called police and said that John Crawford was pointing a gun at shoppers in the store, now says that at no point did the young father of two make any such gesture.

 

John Crawford III was shot dead about a month ago for holding onto a BB gun as he walked through the aisles in Wal-Mart.

 

Ritchie, who claims to have witnessed Crawford, called 911 and reported that a Black man was “walking around with a gun in the store,” posing a threat to shoppers and pointing the firearm toward them, according to reports.

Now the witness is changing his story.

 

“At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody,” the 24-year-old told The Guardian, although he still claims that Crawford III was waving the BB gun around.

 

Several “facts” in Ritchie’s story has changed over the recent weeks. The Guardian reported that following the shooting he had told reporters that he was an “ex-Marine,” now acknowledges that he was tossed from the Corps for “fraudulent enlistment” after serving only seven weeks – but blames paperwork for the removal.

 

Ritchie also told The Guardian that he has a heart condition that caused him to be discharged. Although he claims he had disclosed the condition, for which he was dismissed after only a few weeks, he says his recruiter never turned in the paperwork.

 

Attorneys for Crawford’s family have been able to view the video footage, and will surely use it to further discredit an already faltering witness. On the video they see that Crawford never made any threatening movements, and every other shopper seemed unbothered by his presence, BB gun and all.

 

“It was an execution, no doubt about it,” John Crawford II said of his son’s death. “It was flat-out murder. And when you see the footage, it will illustrate that.”

 

 

He doesn’t look at the officers, he doesn’t turn his body towards the officers. It’s as if he was just shot on sight by the officers,” attorney Michael Wright insists.

 

These statements make Ritchie’s previous story, as allegedly told to reporters, about Crawford III turning to the officers on their commands to drop the weapon before making a move as if he were going to run, a complete fabrication. He said the move caused the gun muzzle to point toward the officers before they started firing.

 

However, The Guardian notes, the family has said that an autopsy shows that the young man was shot in the back of his left arm and in his left side, which indicates that he was not facing the officers when he was shot.

 

The video has yet to be released to the public by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Admittedly, there is fear that it would be “playing with dynamite” and hinder a fair trial, according to The Guardian 

 

"Sigh" sometimes I just don't know how to react or what to say or how to categorize it. I would love to see what yall think because this is beyond wrong. The parents and loved ones of John Crawford must be in some sort of altered state, twisted beyond any experienced they have ever had. 

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