Crawford family meets with prosecutors


BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – The parents of a man shot dead by police at a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek met with a federal prosecutor today.

An attorney for John Crawford III’s parents said they met with the U.S. Attorney’s office at 9:00 a.m. in Columbus.

They are asking for the Justice Department to handle the shooting probe and begin a civil rights probe.

Attorney, Michael Wright, said the meeting went ‘very well.’

In a statement over the phone, he said “‘We learned today that the U.S. Attorney’s office is both monitoring and assisting in the investigation and will be making an independent determination of the merits of any potential prosecution.’

Crawford was shot by police August 5. Investigators say officers fired when Crawford did not drop a weapon upon command. The gun turned out to be a pellet gun that Crawford took off a shelf.

Demonstrators gathered at the Federal Courthouse Wednesday for the same purpose.

The case is currently in the hands of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. AG Mike Dewine appointed a special prosecutor out of Hamilton County to handle the case.

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