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Video shows police shot Ohio man ‘on sight’ as he leaned on toy gun in Walmart, attorney says
Surveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.
Police claim Crawford ignored their commands to drop the weapon, and the former Marine who called in the report and witnessed the shooting said Crawford “looked like he was going to go violently.”
But attorney Michael Wright said surveillance video from the incident, which Ohio’s attorney general allowed him to watch with Crawford’s family, contradicted those accounts.
The attorney said surveillance video showed Crawford facing away from officers, talking on the phone, and leaning on the pellet gun like a cane when he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.
“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two children. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”
Johnson put the phone on speaker mode, and she and Crawford’s parents heard him die.
originally posted by: loam
Good grief. Will this never end?
originally posted by: chiefsmom
I have a question though. It was a marine that called this in, right? I just went and looked at the gun. I don't know enough about them, does it look that much like a real weapon, that the marine was fooled?
originally posted by: Urantia1111
a reply to: loam
I would expect this to cause Wal-Mart to stop carrying products like this that cannot be distinguished from real firearms by police or ex-military. Some of these BB guns are very realistic. People ought to know better than to wander around the store carrying one, but once again we reach the impasse where cops gave commands and opened fire at the same time, plus in this case the victim was on the phone and not fully aware of the cops' presence. My opinion is this is a bit everyone's fault, but mainly the cops.
originally posted by: Snarl
a reply to: Benevolent Heretic
The marine wasn't fooled.
Sounds suspect. The story put 'some' focus on the caller. The caller has a great deal of responsibility in this.
ETA: Here's the guy's interview. Link