Relatives of a 22-year-old man shot dead by police at a Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart say he lost his life over a toy gun.
John Crawford III died Tuesday night.
LeeCee Johnson, who said she is the mother of Crawford’s children, said she was on a cell phone call with Crawford when he was shot by officers. She said Crawford went to the area to visit family members.
“We was just talking. He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And 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,” she said, adding: “And I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human.”
Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers did not answer questions Wednesday but said officers acted appropriately. […]
Beavercreek Police and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, when contacted Wednesday, refused to say whether Crawford was armed with a toy or a real weapon.
Crawford’s relatives say they’ve contacted civil rights organizations. They believe the shooting was not justified.
Crawford III leaves behind two children: John Crawford IV, who is 1 and Jayden Crawford who is 4 months old. She just found out she is pregnant with a third child, but never got the chance to tell Crawford III.
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