Open a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of John Crawford III. Release video of shooting.
On August 5, 2014, our son John Crawford III was killed by police while shopping at a Wal-mart in Beavercreek, Ohio. At the time of his shooting, our son was on his cell phone talking with LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two children.
Ohio State Attorney General Mike DeWine showed us the Wal-Mart surveillance footage. After viewing it, we know for certain that our son did nothing wrong. He was simply shopping. He'd picked up a toy rifle and was carrying it with the barrel pointed at the floor. Our son had no opportunity to put the toy down before he was shot on sight by a policeman.
We call on the U.S. Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation of this unjustified police shooting. We also demand that Mr. DeWine release the video of our son's murder, particularly since authorities have released other material recordings, such as the 911 call and police dash camera footage.
We are concerned with the slow pace of the investigation and worry that the state of Ohio is stalling. The grand jury had been scheduled to convene on September 3rd but was postponed to Sept. 22nd.
We are also concerned that Sgt. David Darkow, one of two officers involved in Crawford's killing, has returned to active police duty.
We are further concerned that the other officer, Sean Williams, who remains on administrative leave was also involved in a 2010 fatal shooting. He was never prosecuted in that case.
LeeCee was with us at the time John was killed. When she realized what was happening, she placed her call with John on speaker. We all listened to John die. He was only 22.
We believe a federal investigation will provide us with a fair and transparent review of the facts surrounding our son's death. Please join us in calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to open a U.S. Justice Department investigation into our son's murder and prosecute the officer who is responsible for the shooting and killing of John Crawford III.
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