Political

OH Grand Jury does not indict cops who killed John Crawford in Walmart

Sep 24, 2014

In a decision that surprised no one, a grand jury in Ohio declined to indicut the cops who shot and killed John Crawford in a Beavercreek Walmart store on August 5, 2014.

Crawford was walking the aisles talking on the phone at the Walmart when picked up a BB gun from a shelf. The shelves are unprotected and open to the public, and the BB gun was removed from the box by another shopper. The newly release video shows Crawford walking casually through the store with the BB gun and other shoppers mainly pay him no mind. One shopper, however, called police who came rushing and shot and killed Crawford. Crawford was holding a toy gun that was openly available and sold at the store and not pointing it or threatening anyone. He was not breaking any laws.

The shooting of a black man armed with a toy gun, at a store where toy guns are sold, comes at a time of a rash of shootings of unarmed black men by police and vigilantes and when a growing number of predominantly white gun rights groups are promoting carrying real guns, with live amunition, into stores where they shop. Ohio is an open carry state, meaning Crawford was legally allowed to carry a real loaded rifle into the store.

Below is the press conference announcing the non-indictment and the survelliance video, stopping before Crawford is shot.