Crawford's family attorney responds to officers' narrative in Wal-Mart shooting

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BEAVERCREEK, OH (FOX19) - The Crawford family's attorney, Michael Wright, responded to the statement that officers gave Friday regarding the shooting death of John Crawford III inside a Beavercreek Wal-Mart.

Wright responded by saying:

"After reviewing the statement of Officer Sean Williams against the Wal-Mart surveillance video, it is clear that officer Williams' statement is false and in direct contradiction to what can be seen on the video. Williams indicated that "After repeated commands to drop the weapon he (Crawford) turned towards us in an aggressive manner with the rifle in his hands." Untrue.

Additionally, Officer Williams stated, "At that time, the black male was in a position where he could shoot me or Sergeant Darkow. I felt at that moment, that my life was in immediate danger, that Sergeant Darkow's life was in immediate danger, and that the lives of all the families, children, and customers were in immediate danger." Untrue.

It is difficult to understand how Officer Williams believed anyone was in immediate danger as Mr. Crawford was standing in the aisle alone and talking on his cell phone. Even Special Prosecutor Mark E. Piepmeier said "John Crawford did nothing wrong" but yet he is dead and no one is being held accountable, this is not just

Again, the Crawford family is very disappointed that Officer Sean Williams was not indicted for the unlawful killing of John Crawford, lll."

The U.S. Department of Justice is now investigating the shooting.

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