Federal authorities end investigation of Ohio Walmart police shooting

Police say John Crawford III didn’t obey commands to drop what they learned later was an air rifle at the store in a Dayton suburb

Investigation into police shooting of John Crawford III at a Walmart in a Dayton suburb ends
Courtesy: WDTN

DAYTON, OH (AP) – Federal authorities say they have ended their investigation and decided against charges in the fatal police shooting of a black man in an Ohio Walmart who was carrying an air rifle from a store shelf.

A white officer shot 22-year-old John Crawford III in 2014 after a 911 call about someone waving a rifle in a store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police say he didn’t obey commands to drop what they learned later was an air rifle.

A special grand jury declined to indict anyone, and the Justice Department had said it would review the case for possible civil rights violations.

The Justice Department said Tuesday there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges.

A message was left for the attorney for the Crawford family.

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