By Nathan Pilling
DAYTON — The family of John Crawford III — the man killed by Beavercreek police at Wal-Mart last week — is looking for more information about the incident and is calling specifically for the release of the store’s surveillance video.
Several of Crawford’s family members, including his parents, gathered at the office of Wright & Schulte, LLC on Monday at a press conference about Crawford. Attorney Michael Wright, the family’s legal representation, and John Crawford Jr. (father of John Crawford III) spoke for the family.
Crawford, 22, of Cincinnati is accused of waving what was described as a “rifle type weapon” — later identified as a Crosman MK-177 — at customers of the Beavercreek Wal-Mart. Crawford was shot after failing to comply with police commands and died shortly after arriving at Miami Valley Hospital.
Crawford Jr. said his son was a typical young 22-year-old. “He’s not a monster,” he said. “There is no doubt in my mind that once we receive everything in its entirety, the evidence … that he will be vindicated.”
“The family is not here to make accusations,” Wright said. “We’re only here to get answers.”
According to Wright, some of the answers require the Wal-Mart video. “That has not been released,” he said. “We’ve requested it, and it hasn’t been released.”
Additionally, Wright said they have contacted the Beavercreek Police Department, but said they haven’t received a response. Wright said they have also contacted the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“At this point we’re still investigating,” Wright said. “If legal action is what’s warranted after the investigation then we’ll proceed.”
Wright called for the community to “wait until we find out what specifically happened to this young man before … passing judgment.”
An independent investigation by the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is ongoing.
Nathan Pilling is a reporter who covers Greene County agencies and organizations. You can find him on Twitter at @XDGNatePilling or you can call him at 937-372-4444 ext. 130.