Columbus, OH (PRWEB) August 10, 2014
Michael Wright, a partner with the law firm of Wright & Schulte LLC, an Ohio personal injury firm, will appear at a news conference on Monday, August 11th, to discuss the death of John Crawford, who was shot the evening of August 5th during a police shooting at the Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio. Mr. Wright has been retained by family members of Mr. Crawford, who was holding an bb/pellet air rifle at the time of the fatal shooting.
According to a report from the Associated Press, police claimed immediately after the incident that Mr. Crawford, a 22-year-old resident of Cincinnati, was waving an rifle at customers just prior to the police shooting. They further assert that he would not drop the weapon when directed to do so by officers.
(abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/police-kill-gun-wielding-man-ohio-wal-mart-24860525, Associated Press, August 6, 2014)
Shortly after being informed of his death, several of Mr. Crawford’s loved ones said they had reason to doubt the account given by police officers. LeeCee Johnson, who has two children with Mr. Crawford and is expecting a third, told the Dayton Daily News that he was speaking to her on his cell phone at the time of shooting. “We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” Ms. Johnson said. “And 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.”
(daytondailynews.com/news/news/man-police-shot-in-walmart-killed-over-fake-gun-fa/ngw77/, Dayton Daily News, August 7, 2014)
Lamon Brown, a cousin of the victim, told the Daily News that he also believed that the weapon at the center of the tragedy was not real, as Mr. Crawford did not own a bb/pellet air rifle-type gun. Tasha Thomas, who drove Mr. Crawford to the Beavercreek Wal-Mart on Tuesday evening, also stated that he was not armed when he entered the store.
Just days after the police shooting, the suspicions of Mr. Crawford’s friends and loved ones were confirmed. According to the Associated Press, Attorney General Mike DeWine released a brief statement revealing that Mr. Crawford had been holding a MK-177 BB/Pellet rifle, a variable pump air rifle" made by Crosman Corp.
(foxbusiness.com/markets/2014/08/08/ohio-attorney-general-man-fatally-shot-by-police-in-wal-mart-store-was-waving/, Associated Press, August 8, 2014)
According to the Dayton Daily News, those who cared about Mr. Crawford do not believe his shooting was justified, and want to see justice done. Attorney Michael Wright, a founding partner of Wright & Schulte LLP, along with members of Mr. Crawford’s family, have planned Monday’s news conference to discuss their next steps in the case. The event will take place at time 1:00 pm at Wright & Schulte's Dayton office, 130 West. 2nd Street, Suite 1600 Dayton, OH 45402.
“The family wants answers,” attorney Michael Wright told WOHIOTV. “We just want to get answers. We are seeking video, witness statements and investigatory items. My job is to get answers to his family.”
[whio.com/news/news/report-shooting-beavercreek-wal-mart/ngwTS/, WOHIOTV, August 8, 2014]
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