On 5 August of last year, police responded to a 911 call, entered the Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, Walmart and summarily executed John Crawford, a 22-year-old black man, for the crime of having in his possession an air rifle sold in the store.
Several residents told Beavercreek City Council members Monday night that they had concerns about the Aug. 5 officer-involved shooting at a Walmart that resulted in the death of John Crawford III. Diane Dover told the council she has a son the same age as Crawford (22) and has been “troubled” by the shooting since the day it happened. Dover said the police department needed to address these types of situations with more careful reasoning and restraint. “As the parent of a young man just beginning his adult life, I see my son in John Crawford,” Dover said. I know this young man should not have been killed. I watched the video. It was clear to me he did not hear the officer’s commands and little time was given to assess the situation.” Crawford, of Fairfield, was in the pet section of the store on Pentagon Boulevard, holding an air rifle, when he shot by Beavercreek Police Officer Sean Williams. Police said Crawford failed to follow commands to drop the weapon.

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