Crawford’s parents want accountability

Parents of John Crawford III. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
Parents of John Crawford III. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The parents of John Crawford III are still angry one year after the shooting death of their son at the Beavercreek Walmart store.

Crawford was shot by police in an aisle of the Beavercreek Walmart on August 5, 2014. He was holding a BB gun at the time.

“I’m not thawed out if you will. I’m still– I’m not thawed,” said John Crawford Jr., Crawford’s father

These two parents tell 2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé they’re numb, but more than anything they say, “I’m angry in a lot of different areas.”

Those the words of Crawford’s father; his mother, Tressa Sherrod concurred using the same word, angry.

Sherrod says this anniversary was harder than her son’s birthday a week ago; it was the first one she could not celebrate with him.

“I know I hear people say they forgive the people or the person that did their family wrong,” she said. “I can’t do it because I’m still going to be pissed. I’m still going to be mad so for me to sit here and say I forgive– no I don’t. I don’t forgive any of them.”

The mom also adds won’t forgive Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and DeWine’s appointed special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier, a Hamilton County prosecutor.

Mr. Crawford says the two officials presented a, “flat out lie.”

The Beavercreek Police Department was not available to interview about this case.And DeWine and Piepmeier have previously said they did their jobs, which is to let the justice system to decide according to the officials.

A grand jruy did not indict Sergeant David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams.

These parents say it was an unjust decision.

Asked what’s justice in her opinion, and even if she does get that, if she will you still be angry, Sherrod quickly replied, “I’ll probably still be mad because my child still will be gone, but it’s probably a little justice.”

The justice she refers to is a federal indictment.

Crawford’s parents are pushing the justice department to wrap it’s now year-long investigation. They, along with their attorney Michael Wright, believe a year is long enough to wait for such a decision.

Crawford Jr. said he not only wants to see an indictment but “an appropriate conviction.”

Asked what that would be, he unequivocally answered,” Murder in the first degree to put him behind bars somewhere for the rest of his life.”

Ofc. Sean Williams and Sgt. David Darkow remain on the force.

And the thought that they return home from to their families keeps Sherrod up at night, as she makes plans to visit her son at his grave site.

The parents say they want the public to know that, “Our son was a very easy-going person. He was young; he was 22-years-old.”

Crawford Jr. added, “You know, but first and foremost, I think we should remember he was a human being before anything.”

The family says they hope that picture is one that people can grasp.

Their call for justice is one they hope the community can stand behind, as they want those involved held accountable for their son’s death.

The FBI is continuing a part of this federal investigation and review. 2 NEWS did reach out to the Cincinnati headquarters for an interview. They did not return our request to discuss the case and year anniversary.

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