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Consider This: John Crawford 911 caller

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Our government reminds us to report suspicious activity, because it takes everyone, working together, to keep us safe. So we have to wonder if charging a 911 caller with possible criminal charges is really the right thing to do. 

The case in question happened in 2014 at the Beavercreek Walmart.  

Ronald Ritchie called 9-1-1 to report a man with quote "some sort of rifle in his hands," running through the store.

Beavercreek Police were told that it looked like the man was trying to load the gun and with little time to assess the situation, John Crawford III was shot and killed. The rifle turned out to be a bb/pellet gun.

Now, a judge has ruled there's probable cause to accuse Mr. Ritchie of making false alarms for that 911 call, because when store surveillance video was synced with Ritchie’s 911 audio, it showed some of what he was telling dispatchers, wasn't really happening.

It's now up to a special prosecutor to either file a complaint, arrest, or prosecute Ronald Ritchie for making false alarms.

The question is…and something to consider…will this case make the public think twice before reporting what they think is a crime?  Tell us what you think.

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