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Attorney Talks About Officer-Involved Shooting Video on National Radio Program
DAYTON -- Just 24 hours after a portion of the Walmart video was released to the Crawford family, their attorney talked to national media.
Attorney Michael Wright was a guest on MSNBC and the National Tom Joyner morning show.
Wright represents the Crawford family, whose 22-year-old son was shot and killed by police inside the Beavercreek Walmart. Police say Crawford was holding a rifle. A 911 caller said he had earlier been pointing the gun at people.
Wright explained how, after seeing the video, he believes the killing was unjustified.
"John was on the phone having a conversation and then he was dead," Wright said.
Wright on Tuesday described the shooting as one of the worst cases he'd ever seen. On Wednesday, he said on the radio that John Crawford III was just walking around the store with the BB gun that he picked up from a store shelf and may not have even known police were in the store.
The attorney said Crawford was holding the gun in a down position and was kind of using it as a crutch. Wright said Crawford was just leaning on it but at some point he raised it up and then he was shot and killed. He says at no point was Crawford facing the officers who shot him.
According to Wright there was no audio accompanying the Walmart video and Crawford was not walking around the store pointing the gun like a caller to 911 had indicated.
"The video you showed that he was in the same location for more than five or six minutes. He had not moved from the store when he was shot by officers," Wright said.
Attorney Gen. Mike DeWine says this investigation is long from over there are more than 260,000 video clips, and dozens of witnesses to interview and ultimately it will be up to a grand jury to decide if charges should be filed.
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