The family of John Crawford, III filed a lawsuit Tuesday in federal court in Dayton, Ohio. The claim was filed against the city of Beavercreek, its police chief, Dennis Evers, Officer Sean Williams, Sgt. David Darkow and the Walmart Corporation.
Back in August, Crawford was shot and killed by Beavercreek police in a Walmart after a 911 caller claimed a man was pointing a loaded rifle at store customers. It was later revealed that the rifle was actually an unloaded store BB gun that had been previously removed of its packaging and that the claims made by the caller were false.
The circumstances were not much different than the incident taking place three months later when another Ohio cop shot a 12-year-old boy carrying an Airsoft gun. Both males were killed within seconds of police arriving. It helped spark the current anti-police brutality protests that went into full swing after the non-indictments in Ferguson and Staten Island.
Adding insult to injury (or in this case death) comes the recently released police interrogation footage with Crawford’s girlfriend, Tasha Thomas. During the video, Beavercreek Police Detective Rodney Curd interrogates Thomas in the cruelest of manners, attempting to implicate some sort of criminal behavior from her and Crawford even though neither had given the police any indication that a crime had been committed. It really highlights the importance of insisting on having a lawyer present, if you even decide to talk to cops.