“We can’t take the depositions of the officers, and we can’t get the grand jury transcript,” said Wright, who plans to appeal. “It just seems like there are undue protections for these guys.”
Williams and Darkow responded Aug. 5, 2014, to a 911 caller from Beavercreek’s Walmart who told a dispatcher that a black male was waving a gun at people, including children, and that it seemed like the man was loading it.
Williams shot twice and killed Crawford, a Fairfield resident, after police said they gave Crawford two warnings in a couple seconds to drop what was a BB/pellet rifle Crawford picked up from an opened box on a store shelf.
The federal investigation into the police-involved shooting of John Crawford III "has taken longer than some may have anticipated," southern Ohio's top federal prosecutor said.
In an exclusive statement to this news organization in April, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Benjamin Glassman said the Crawford case remains a priority. The U.S. Dept. of Justice (DOJ) probe began Sept. 24, 2014, and has not been completed.
Beavercreek police Chief Dennis Evers told this news organization last week that the department is "frustrated with the lack of closure" in the Crawford case.