Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced in late August that Hamilton County chief trial counsel Mark Piepmeier would serve as special prosecutor in the case. He is scheduled to present evidence to a special grand jury on Sept. 22.
Lyons, Pastor Paul Mitchell of Revival Center Ministries, Pastor Corey Cunningham of Inspiration Church and Pastor James Washington of Phillips Temple CME Church crafted a letter addressed to the U.S. Department of Justice that was read to those who attended Sunday’s service.
“Our concerns are the result of action taken by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine,” Mitchell said. “In (media) reports, the (Crawford) family’s attorney stated that Mr. Crawford was doing nothing wrong when he was shot by the police.
“While Mr. DeWine has refused citizens’ immediate request to release the surveillance footage of the shooting, he has released subjective materials, including the 911 call, the police dash camera footage. As far as we can tell, it serves only one purpose — to induce shooter’s empathy among the potential jury pool.”
The pastors asked the congregation to sign a petition that would be attached to the letter that would be sent to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Carter Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.