Attorneys for the family of John Crawford, the 22-year-old black man killed in an Ohio Walmart in August, said his clients are taking legal action against the officers involved in the shooting, the town’s police chief, and the Wal-Mart Corporation.
John Crawford III
The family of John Crawford III will file a lawsuit Tuesday against Walmart and the Beavercreek, Ohio, police officers involved in the fatal shooting of the 22-year-old, family attorneys said.
Attorneys from the firm Wright & Schulte said in a press release that the suit will name Beavercreek Officer Sean Williams, Officer David Darkow, Police Chief Dennis Evers, and Wal-Mart Corporation. A news conference is planned for Tuesday at 11 a.m. local time.
On Aug. 5, Williams and Darkow responded to a 911 call of a man waving a gun and pointing it at customers inside the Beavercreek store.
Inside the store, Williams encountered Crawford, who was holding a toy air rifle. Williams shot him twice while he was holding the air rifle and Crawford later died at a Dayton hospital.
Video surveillance revealed that Williams shot Crawford just seconds after confronting him and demanding he drop the weapon.
The 911 caller later recanted his statement that Crawford was waving the gun and pointing it at people in the store.
On Sept 24, a grand jury declined to indict the officers involved. Williams and Darkow remain on administrative duty.
At a news conference announcing the grand jury's decision, Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier presented approximately 20 minutes of surveillance video from inside the Walmart on the day that Crawford was killed.
Piepmeier also announced that the shooting is currently under federal civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney's Office, and the FBI.
Beavercreek Police shot John Crawford III on Aug. 5 inside a Walmart in Ohio.