Ohio attorney general appoints head prosecutor for Walmart case - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Ohio attorney general appoints head prosecutor for Walmart shooting case

Chief Trial Council Attorney Mark Piepmeier (Photo: FOX19) Chief Trial Council Attorney Mark Piepmeier (Photo: FOX19)
BEAVERCREEK, OH (FOX19) -

It's been three weeks since John Crawford was shot right inside a Beavercreek Walmart.

After making requests, his family has finally seen the surveillance video of how it all went down. but they were only shown bits and pieces.

Even though they say they've seen enough to know the shooting of Crawford was unjust. Surveillance video from Aug. 5 Walmart shooting in Beavercreek, has now been viewed by the family of one of the two people killed that night.

Related: Family says fatal Walmart police shooting not 'justified'

"I was speechless, I am still in disbelief, I am still number, after I saw the video," said John Crawford II.

John Crawford II is the father of John Crawford III, who police say refused to put down his pellet gun, mistaken for a real gun, which forced officers to shoot him.

After viewing the video for themselves, Crawford's family says that's not what happened.

"As John was shot he was holding the BB gun, butt in hand, barrel pointed at the floor.  The video shows that John made no aggressive movements towards the police, and that he was shot almost immediately upon their arrive," said Michael Wright, Crawford family attorney.

The Crawford's now want this video to become available to the public but Ohio's attorney general, Mike DeWine refuses.

"We don't want to stain any trial that might occur later, we don't want to  taint the grand jury that will be meeting in this room in a few weeks," said DeWine.

DeWine appointed chief trial counsel attorney, Mark Piepmier, from Hamilton County to be the special prosecutor for the case.

DeWine believes Piepmier's experience with more than 200 homicide cases, including other officer involved shootings makes him a good man for the job.

Crawford's family says they need the U.S. Department of Justice to get involved to ensure a fair trial, because right now, DeWine is still controlling the investigation and court trial.

DeWine says through, it doesn't matter where you go, people will be fair.

"People try their best to get it right. And I believe the grand juries will come in this room, who will be listening to the evidence and viewing the video, who will see very piece of evidence that BCI was able to uncover, I think they will do what's right," DeWine said.

The special grand jury proceeding is set to begin on Sept. 22.

As for the two officers involved, one of them, Sgt. David Darkow is back on Patrol.

FOX19 doesn't know if he was in fact the man who shot Crawford or if it was the other officer on scene, officer Sean Williams.

FOX19 reached out to the city about this and are still waiting for a response.

Copyright 2014 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • The Latest: Crowds low at Olympic hockey playoff games

    The Latest: Crowds low at Olympic hockey playoff games

    Friday, February 23 2018 8:14 PM EST2018-02-24 01:14:57 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:45 AM EST2018-02-24 05:45:14 GMT
    (AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...(AP Photo/Michael Sohn). Driver Nadezhda Sergeeva and Anastasia Kocherzhova of the Olympic Athletes of Russia take a curve in their third heat during the women's two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, ...

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    Full Story >

    The International Bobsled and Skeleton Federation says it isn't commenting yet on an alleged anti-doping rule violation by Russian women's bobsledder Nadezhda Sergeeva.

    Full Story >
  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:36 AM EST2018-02-24 05:36:54 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    Full Story >

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    Full Story >
  • Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

    Ivanka Trump to push for 'maximum pressure' on North Korea

    Friday, February 23 2018 6:24 AM EST2018-02-23 11:24:37 GMT
    Saturday, February 24 2018 12:26 AM EST2018-02-24 05:26:26 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool). Flanked by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, Ivanka Trump, advisor to and daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks as she arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Kor...(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool). Flanked by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, left, Ivanka Trump, advisor to and daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks as she arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Kor...
    Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the American president, has landed in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony this weekend for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.Full Story >
    Ivanka Trump, the daughter of the American president, has landed in South Korea to attend the closing ceremony this weekend for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.Full Story >
Powered by Frankly