DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Attorneys for the family of the man shot by police at the Beavercreek Walmart are pushing for the release of a videotape that could answers questions about what happened inside the store Tuesday, August 5.
Michael Wright, who represents the Crawford family, said he asked Walmart and Beavercreek police to release the video from the night John Crawford III was shot and killed.
Wright says the video contains the answers about whether Crawford was waving a gun around in the store that ended with police shooting him. It was confirmed a short time after the shooting that the gun was not real. It was a bb gun.
“Why did John Crawford III, a Walmart customer, get shot and killed holding a bb gun in a store that sells bb guns,” said Wright. He said they need to learn more about the communication between Walmart security and Beavercreek police.
Wright questioned whether police should have been able to distinguish between a real gun and a fake one.
“You would think the police could distinguish the bb guns from the real thing. If not, the guns should be in a locked case, not on a shelf,” said Wright.
Crawford’s family was also at the news conference. They say their loved one was a good kid, an only child and a great father to his two young sons.
“My son was not a monster, okay. He was a loving father, a loving, son, a loving grandson. He was a typical 22-year-old. He was figuring some things out, but he was not a monster,” said John Crawford, II.
Wright said Crawford and his friend were at the Walmart to buy supplies to make S’mores.
Police say Crawford was shot in the area of the pet supplies. He died later at the hospital.
A person fleeing the store, Angela Williams, collapsed. She died later at Soin Medical Center.
Wright says he has no contact right now with the police or Walmart. He made the request for the store video last Thursday, but has not heard a response.
Wright also says the family does not believe the shooting was racially charged. “This is not a race issue. This is a public safety issue. It could have been any child, anyone who got shot.”
2 NEWS’ Jordan Burgess was at the news conference. Complete coverage on 2 NEWS at 5.