John Crawford's Family Requests Surveillance Footage Of Wal-Mart Shooting

  @TreyeGreen t.green@ibtimes.com on August 14 2014 2:49 PM
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22-year-old John Crawford was shot and killed by police on August 5 while holding a toy rifle in a Beavercreek, Ohio, Wal-Mart. His family says excessive force was used on Crawford and are asking for answers from authorities. Twitter/Michael Skolnik

The family of John Crawford III is asking that an Ohio Walmart turn over its video footage after the 22-year-old was shot and killed by police in the Beavercreek store. The family's attorney, Michael Wright, said he hasn't received any comment on the request from Walmart or police, according to the Associated Press.

The family hopes the footage will offer a little more clarity on what led officers to shoot the father of two. "We understand he took the BB gun from a shelf and had a phone in one hand and the gun in the other, but that's why we need to see the video," Wright said.

Crawford was killed by police on Aug. 5 in the store. Crawford was holding a Crosman MK-177 air pump rifle as he walked through the store, which can shoot both pellets and BBs. It had been removed from its original packaging.

A couple in the store was alarmed when they saw Crawford walking with the air pump gun and called 911 to report him. Beavercreek police Officer Sean Williams and Sgt. David Darkow were called to the scene. They located Crawford and instructed him to put down the replica rifle. When he didn’t comply, he was shot by the officers.

Both Williams and Darkow are currently on administrative leave, Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers said in a news conference. Evers said Beavercreek police support the “quick response” of the officers and “preliminary indications are that the officers acted appropriately under the circumstances.”

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