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Crawford family ask for federal investigation

The family of a 22-year-old Fairfield man shot and killed by police in a Dayton-area Wal-Mart last month is now asking the US Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo: FOX19) The family of a 22-year-old Fairfield man shot and killed by police in a Dayton-area Wal-Mart last month is now asking the US Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation. (Photo: FOX19)
BEAVERCREEK, OH (FOX19) -

The family of a 22-year-old Fairfield man shot and killed by police in a Dayton-area Wal-Mart last month is now asking the US Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation.

On Aug. 5, 911 calls from shoppers alerted police to a man waving a gun inside the store.Officers shot and killed John Crawford III when they arrived. That gun turned out to be an air rifle.

Sunday community members rallied around the Crawford investigation demanding the surveillance video inside the store be released to the public. After the release of the 911 calls and dash cam video, area pastors joined together demanding a bigger picture be shown to the public.

"We don't have to do a lot of discussion about it. We just want to see the tape. Show us the tape," said Pastor Paul Mitchell of Revival Center Ministries International.

The family of John Crawford III says they have viewed surveillance footage from inside the Beavercreek Wal-Mart the night their son was shot and killed by police. They say he was facing away from officers, not posing a threat and the gun he had was a toy he intended to purchase.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine told reporters two weeks ago he won't release it.

"We don't want to taint any trial that might occur. We don't want to taint the grand jury," said Dewine.

Online a petition by Crawford's family calling for a federal investigation and the release of the  surveillance tape has garnered more than 700 signatures.

On Facebook, more than three thousand are showing support for the Beavercreek Police Department, even ordering t-shirts and armbands. Last Sunday, more than 150 rallied at the Wal-Mart in support of the two officers directly involved. Sgt. David Darkow has recently returned to active police work. Officer Sean Williams remains on administrative leave.

Though Mike Dewine's office has already assigned a special prosecutor to the case, the group of pastors that gathered at Phillips Temple Church Sunday say they are standing with Crawford's family. They have written a letter to Dewine's office asking for a federal investigation and the release of the surveillance footage.

A grand jury is expected to review the evidence in the next few weeks.

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