COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Federal officials’ review of the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old black man by a white police officer has he carried an air rifle in an Ohio Wal-Mart remains unfinished as his relatives plan a rally and vigil to mark one year since his death.
John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek after a 911 caller reported seeing someone waving a gun.
Police say Crawford was shot when he didn’t respond to orders to drop the weapon. A local grand jury concluded the shooting was justified.
Crawford’s family contends he was shot without a chance to respond. The family has sued Beavercreek police and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., alleging negligence and violation of Crawford’s civil rights. The city and Wal-Mart denied the allegations.
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