A special grand jury decided today that no officers will be indicted in the August shooting and killing of a man in an Ohio Walmart.
As previously reported by Opposing Views, 22-year-old John Crawford III was the victim of the Walmart shooting.
Crawford’s family and supporters had called for the release of the Walmart’s surveillance video; the video was finally released during a news conference today.
The special grand jury reviewed the evidence and found that the Beavercreek officers involved were justified in their actions.
Surveillance video of the shooting, which had previously been unavailable to the public, shows Crawford walking around the store while talking on the phone, with the BB gun at his side or on his shoulder.
The disturbing video then shows multiple officers rushing towards Crawford with guns drawn; it also reveals that when Crawford was shot, he was holding a BB gun, which was pointed at the floor.
Police said they shot Crawford because he ignored commands to drop the rifle; the Crawford family attorney has disputed this statement.
This case marks the third time in the past five years that police in Greene County have fatally shot someone. In both previous cases, grand juries found no probable cause that a crime had been committed.