Video shows police shot Ohio man ‘on sight’ as he leaned on toy gun in Walmart, attorney says

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urveillance video shows an Ohio man talking on a cell phone, leaning on a toy gun, and facing away from officers moments before police shot and killed him in a Walmart store, according to an attorney for the man’s family.

John Crawford III died Aug. 5 after police were called to Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, by another shopper who reported a man carrying what appeared to be an AR-15 rifle.

The 22-year-old Crawford was instead carrying an unpackaged MK-177 (.177 caliber) BB/pellet rifle he picked up in the store’s toy department.

Police claim Crawford ignored their commands to drop the weapon, and the former Marine who called in the report and witnessed the shooting said Crawford “looked like he was going to go violently.”

But attorney Michael Wright said surveillance video from the incident, which Ohio’s attorney general allowed him to watch with Crawford’s family, contradicted those accounts.

“John was doing nothing wrong in Walmart, nothing more, nothing less than shopping,” Wright said.

The attorney said surveillance video showed Crawford facing away from officers, talking on the phone, and leaning on the pellet gun like a cane when he was “shot on sight” in a “militaristic” response by police.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced Tuesday handed the case over to a special prosecutor to present to a grand jury Sept. 22.

Piepmeier, an assistant Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor, has handled more than 100 officer-involved shooting cases in his career.

He oversaw the grand jury investigation of Stephen Roach, who was indicted but later acquitted of a negligent homicide charge in the fatal 2001 shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas that sparked race riots in Cincinnati.

DeWine said Tuesday he was glad he had allowed Crawford’s family to view the surveillance video, but he did not plan to publicly release the video to avoid tainting the jury pool.

“I thought the family had the right to view it,” DeWine said. “The mom did not want to view it; I understand it. The dad did view it, (but) to put the video out on TV is not the right thing to do.”

Wright said the family objected to the piecemeal release of evidence, such as dispatch audio and video on the day of the shooting, was biased toward the police.

“Everything released is one-sided,” Wright said. “There is nothing favorable to John Crawford. You can’t show different pieces, show it all, don’t trickle pieces to gain favor of the public.”

He said the video suggests Crawford probably did not see or hear officers as they arrived.

Crawford was speaking by cell phone to his girlfriend, who was with his parents, when he was shot.

“He said he was at the video games playing videos, and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were,” said LeeCee Johnson, the mother of his two children. “The next thing I know, he said, ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting, and they said ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him.”

Johnson put the phone on speaker mode, and she and Crawford’s parents heard him die.

“I could hear him just crying and screaming,” Johnson said. “I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”

A 37-year-old woman at the store suffered an unspecified medical emergency after the shooting and died a short time later.

Sgt. David Darkow, one of the officers involved in the shooting, has already been allowed to resume his duties.

The other officer, Sean Williams, remains on administrative leave.

Wright called on DeWine to turn over the case to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Watch this video report posted online by WDTN-TV:

http://www.whio.com/videos/news/local/crawford-family-seeks-dept-of-justice/vCpnRg/

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Bill Gates Donates $1 Million to Gun Control Campaign

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Washington state’s Initiative 594, which seeks to a close loopholes in background check laws for gun purchases, just got some major support in the form of a $1 million donation from Microsoft co-founderBill Gates and his wife Melinda. The philanthropic couple disclosed Monday that they had contributed to the campaign, bringing the fundraising total above the $6 million mark ahead of this November’s election.

In addition to the Gates’ donation, the campaign has received a total of $1.4 million from original Amazon investor Nick Hanauer and $500,000 from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Former Microsoft CEO, and new owner of the L.A. Clippers, Steve Ballmer contributed $580,000.

“We are pleased to join many others making a donation to the Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility to support Initiative 594 on the November ballot,” the Gates said in a joint statement. “We believe it will be an effective and balanced approach to improving gun safety in our state by closing existing loopholes for background checks.”

A poll from July showed support for the gun control initiative reaching 70% of potential voters. A competing measure, which would prohibit the state from adopting stricter background check standards than national laws dictate, had support from 46% of voters. Curiously, 32% of respondents said they would vote for both initiatives.

Jeezy Gets Arrested For Gun Possession, Possible Suspect In Wiz Khalifa Concert Shooting

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Update (Aug. 26, 4:45 pm): New information in this story has been leaking out, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News. According to the paper, Jeezy was one of six people arrested—the other five were apparently working for the Under The Influence Of Music Tour—all on suspicion of possessing an assault rifle, and are currently not considered suspects in the shooting death of Eric Johnson, who was killed backstage at the show on Friday. Mountain View police sergeant Saul Jaeger confirmed to the paper that no arrests had been made in the homicide investigation, and that police were still searching for one suspect, with the gun involved likely a “black pistol with a large magazine.”

Jeezy, however, was one of only three suspects in the weapons possession arrests whose bail was set at $1 million. The Mercury News also spoke with legal analyst and former Santa Clara County prosecutor Steven Clark about the case, with Clark indicating that police probably know more than they are letting on. “If they didn’t think [Jeezy] had significant knowledge about the homicide, I can’t imagine why he’d have a million-dollar bail,” Clark told the paper. Check out the full report here.

Original Story: Jeezy might have to sit out the rest of the Under The Influence Tour. The rapper was arrested on Sunday (Aug. 24) before hitting the stage at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Irvine, Calif. in connection to a deadly shooting Friday night in Mountain View, Calif. The shooting led Jeezy and others to cancel their tour stop Saturday.

According to TMZ police are investigating the “No Tears” rapper for a shooting that involved a man getting hit five times. Police found an assault rifle believed to belong to Jeezy as well guns on several members of his entourage. He is currently still in custody. His bail is $1 million.

GHANA: 16yr Old JHS Graduate dies of Abortion

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A SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Junior High School graduate, Lami Seidu is reported dead in an attempt to abort a two-month old pregnancy.

Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, the Begoro district police commander, DSP Samuel Odame confirmed that a complaint was lodged at the Police station by the brother of the deceased, Seth Nkansah over suspected abortion attempt by the deceased and that she had been rushed to Begoro Hospital.

However, due to the worsening condition of the deceased she was transferred to the Koforidua Regional Hospital where she died.

He said the police demanded some answers from doctors to help conduct thorough investigation. According to DSP Odame, the inquest provided by the doctors at the Koforidua Regional Hospital confirmed that the deceased died of septic abortion.

He stated that, the police are conducting investigations into the matter, adding that no arrest have been made and said the police are yet to identify and invite the boyfriend of the deceased to assist in investigation.

Sources indicated that the deceased took the abortion medicine and kept indoors for three days, however, the pregnancy did not terminate, but instead developed serious complications which ended her life.

The deceased was part of the candidates who wrote this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination.

 
 

Source: Daily Heritage

 

Can David Luiz help PSG – Paris Saint-Germain reach their goal of UEFA Champions League glory?

Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz claims he would not have been as happy had he joined Barcelona.

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Paris Saint-Germain defender David Luiz claims he would have been as happy had he joined Barcelona instead of the French champions.

The defender believes he will enjoy his football far more in Paris than he would had he moved to Spain or Germany and says the whole club is set on winning the Champions League

The Brazil international moved to Parc des Prince from Chelsea this summer as the Spanish giants began pursuing a number of high-profile defensive targets. 

While a potential move to Camp Nou never materialised, with Barca focusing their efforts on the signing of Luis Suarez before later turning to centre-backs Jeremy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen, the 27-year-old claims he will enjoy his football far more in Paris than he would in Catalunya or in Germany.

“I’m sure I’ll be happier here in Paris than if I had moved to Barcelona or Munich,” Luiz told Telefoot.

“I really believe PSG is the club of the future, that’s why I’m happy to be here and I think I’ll stay here for many years.”

Luiz admitted he was persuaded to join PSG after talks with coach Laurent Blanc and Brazil team-mate Thiago Silva, and claims the whole club is fully focused on winning the Champions League.

“I talked a lot with Thiago Silva and the coach, Laurent Blanc,” said the former Benfica man. “My decision was easy. PSG were made for me.

“The great objective is the Champions League. It’s the dream here.”

Sad News: Funny Face Involved In Car Accident On Accra Winneba Road

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We are getting reports that, ace comedian and recent staff of StarrFm, Funny face, has been involved in an accident.. Derrick reports the following;

“The comedian and brand ambassador who is said to have been on his way to Cape Coast this morning had the left back tyre of his Range Rover crashed into by a private car a few metres away from the Winneba Junction.

No one sustained any serious injury although both cars had some damage.”

Funny face hasn’t given out any official word yet. We will keep you posted about development