Ohio Walmart Murder: Ohio Declines To Indict Two Police, Killers Of John Crawford III
The black community has waited to find out what would happen in the case of John Crawford, the young father who was shot down inside of a Walmart Store holding a toy gun. The wait is over, but unfortunately, it isn’t the response we wanted to hear.
The Ohio grand jury met, deliberated and decided not to indict the two officers who shot and killed John Crawford. The event happened at the Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart on August 5th, 2014, according to Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier.
The Walmart video has been released. you can see Mr. Crawford walking around the Walmart store with the toy rifle. Police were called as a store employee, who later admitted he lied, said Mr. Crawford was waving and pointing the gun at customers in the store. Police arrived tense to say the least.
The police walk into the video to encounter Mr. Crawford from behind. Before he could turn around, shots were fired and Mr. Crawford was down on the ground after to fatal shots.
The grand jury did see the video and hear the 911 call from the Walmart employee, along with testimony from 18 people regarding the case. They provided this statement after denying to pursue the case.
“The events of August 5th were tragic and we wish the outcome of that evening had been different. However, based on the information the responding officers had and Mr. Crawford’s failure to comply with the responding officers orders, the officers did what they were trained to do to protect the public. The officers followed accepted law enforcement training protocol in their response to the report of an active threat in the Wal-Mart store. The grand jury review of the evidence and subsequent no bill decision indicates the officers’ actions were not of a criminal nature and justified under Ohio law.”
Thank you Urban Intellectuals Media Activist.
From The Daily KOS:
Ohio grand jury: No indictments in John Crawford Walmart shooting
Stunning news out of Ohio. Special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier has announced that after three days of grand jury testimony, there will be no indictments in the shooting death of John Crawford III, which took place inside an Ohio Walmart in August.
Video taken from Walmart surveillance cameras were released at the press conference and they still don’t seem to tell the whole story.
Based on the video they released, Crawford does not appear to be pointing the air rifle at anyone. Ronald Ritchie was the 911 caller who alerted police and claimed:
Ronald Ritchie said Crawford “was just waving [the gun] at children and people…I couldn’t hear anything that he was saying. I’m thinking that he is either going to rob the place or he’s there to shoot somebody.
“He didn’t really want to be looked at and when people did look at him, he was pointing the gun at them. He was pointing at people. Children walking by,” Ronald Ritchie said.
Unless there is additional video supporting Ritchie’s original claims, which he has since recanted, it is hard to imagine why charges haven’t been brought against Ronald Ritchie at a minimum.
Crawford’s family, who were on the phone with him at the time of the shooting, are disputing the police version of events, specifically that he ignored warnings to drop the “weapon.”
See the press conference and surveillance video below the fold.
10:25 AM PT: To clarify, the grand jury were only considering whether to indict the two police officers who fatally shot John Crawford III. No word on whether any action will be taken against Ronald Ritchie for the exaggerated and/or false claims he made to the 911 operator.
Here’s some logic & common sense: When caucasian open carry AmeriKKKan citizens start to get shot on the spot, with no verbal warnings or verbal identification given by law enforcement, then and only then will WE THE PEOPLE start to see laws changed and indictments handed down by Grand Juries.
People are screaming for the arrest and indictment of the 911 caller, Ronald Ritchie, for the exaggerated and/or false claims he made to the 911 operator. It’s not at all logical to take a legal route with Ronald Ritchie, no matter how stupid, racist and untruthful his actions were, if you allow the very policemen who murdered John Crawford The III, in cold blood, to walk free.
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