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Kabbeh Davies, Antioch College '18

The group Justice for John Crawford says they’re disappointed with the decision by special prosecutor Mark Piepmeier to not pursue charges of making a false report against Ronald Ritchie, the 911 caller in the John Crawford case.  

The group held a press conference Wednesday evening at the Coretta Scott King Center on the Antioch College Campus in Yellow Springs.

In his decision, Piepmeier said there was no evidence to suggest that Ritchie’s report was intentionally false.

A special prosecutor says a 911 caller won't be charged for reporting a man waving a gun in an Ohio Wal-Mart before police fatally shot him.

The decision was announced Monday by Mark Piepmeier, the same prosecutor who presented the case to a grand jury. It concluded the August 2014 shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford III at the Beavercreek store, near Dayton, was justified.

The 911 caller told investigators he thought Crawford had a real firearm, but it was actually an air rifle Crawford had picked up from the shelf.

Tressa Sherrod via Facebook

Possible criminal charges against the 911 caller in the John Crawford Case are still up in the air, as is the federal investigation of potential charges against officers who shot and killed Crawford responding to that call.

 

Last week, Fairborn Municipal Court Judge Beth Root ruled there was probable cause to seek a misdemeanor charge of filing a false report against Ronald Ritchie, the 911 caller who reported that John Crawford III was waving a rifle at customers in a Beavercreek Wal-Mart.

 

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

For the first time, Ohio’s law enforcement agencies now have a set of minimum standards for the use of deadly force and for recruitment and hiring, but the panel that set those standards says there’s a lot more work ahead.

The development of the standards is the first milestone for a panel that was proposed last year, after the police shot and killed 22-year-old John Crawford in the Beavercreek Wal-Mart outside Dayton, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in a park in Cleveland.

One year after John Crawford III was killed, demonstrators were locked out of the Beavercreek Walmart.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 marked one full year since 22-year-old John Crawford III was shot and killed by Beavercreek police inside a Walmart. 

Crawford, who was black, was talking on his cell phone when he picked up a fake gun sold in the store. As he wandered the aisles, a white man named Ronald Ritchie called 911. Within minutes, two white officers arrived. Beavercreek Officer Sean Williams took two shots at Crawford in a matter of seconds after seeing him.

Walmart Closes Down During Crawford Protest

Aug 5, 2015
More than 200 protesters gathered in front of the locked Walmart Wednesday. crawford
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Beavercreek Walmart was closed for several hours Wednesday evening during a protest one year since John Crawford III was shot and killed by police in the store. The store closed just before the demonstration started and reopened after most protesters had left.

As the demonstration started, would-be shoppers were rolling up to Walmart and finding the doors were locked. A woman who gave her name as Lucy shrugged.

A photo of John Crawford III posted to his mother, Tressa Sherrod's Facebook page has been reproduced in art honoring him around the country.
Tressa Sherrod via Facebook

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the day 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by Beavercreek police. Activists and Crawford's family continue to say justice has not been served.

Crawford, a Black man from Fairfield, had stopped off at Walmart for ingredients for a barbeque when a shopper called 911 to say he was waving a gun around. Crawford was talking on his cellphone and holding a BB gun he’d picked up off store shelves.

Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
User: Scott Davidson / Flickr/Creative Commons

Body cameras have been back in the news following a recent police shooting in Cincinnati. Police departments across the state are either testing or wearing the devices and Dayton and Beavercreek are considering getting them. Equipping officers with cameras also is one of the recommendations from Governor John Kasich’s Task Force on Community-Police Relations.

 

But some are wondering if the move will only be a Band-Aid on a larger issue.

Virgil Vaduva

UPDATE ON JUNE 18 from the Associated Press:

FAIRBORN, Ohio (AP) — A man arrested protesting at an Ohio Wal-Mart where police fatally shot a man last year has been convicted of trespassing after pleading no contest and is banned from Wal-Mart stores for two years.

A Fairborn Municipal Court official says an obstructing official business charge against Elias Kelley was dismissed Wednesday in a plea agreement. The judge suspended 29 days of a 30-day sentence and credited Kelley for one day served.

Matters Of Black Lives: Three Protesters Look Back At Christmas Eve Arrests

May 28, 2015
Black Lives Matter protesters at the Mall at Fairfield Commons on December 24, 2014.
Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter protesters will return to the federal courthouse in downtown Dayton Friday afternoon to demand justice for John Crawford III. Crawford, who was Black, was shot and killed by a white police officer at the Beavercreek Walmart in August 2014. Crawford was talking on his cell phone and holding a BB gun sold in the store when someone called 911 on him; police say they believed he had a real gun, and shot within seconds of entering the store.

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