DeWine Defends Video Decision In Walmart Shooting

John Crawford III was fatally shot by police inside a Beavercreek Walmart store earlier this month. His family has called the shooting unjustified.(Photo: Crawford family)
John Crawford III was fatally shot by police inside a Beavercreek Walmart store earlier this month. His family has called the shooting unjustified.(Photo: Crawford family)

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is defending his decision to let the family members of a man killed by police inside a Dayton-area Walmart view surveillance footage of the incident.

“I thought the family had the right to have the opportunity to view it. The mom did not want to view it, which I fully understand that. The dad did, the dad viewed it. I thought that was something that we should do,” DeWine told reporters Tuesday morning.

The family of John Crawford III has called for the public release of surveillance footage. They claim Crawford’s death was unjustified. Police say he was shot for refusing to drop what turned out to be an air rifle.

DeWine says Hamilton County prosecutor Mark Piepmeier will present the case to a grand jury beginning September 22.

DeWine says Piepmeier has handled more than 100 police-involved shootings, including the 2001 shooting of Timothy Thomas that sparked riots in Cincinnati.

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