Pastors Request Federal Government to Crack the Mystery behind Death of John Crawford III
A group of local pastors requested the Federal Government on Sunday night to take lead in the investigation into the death of John Crawford III who was shot dead by a police officer in a Beavercreek Walmart.
Pastors asked the government to release all the surveillance video recordings that could clear what actually happened on 5 August inside the Walmart.
Pastor Robert Lyons of The Marketplace Movement said that they have no faith that Mr. Crawford will get a fair and partial jury from the state to handle this case.
Sources reported that Crawford, 22, was shot by a police officer when he was found carrying a MK-177 (.177 caliber) Crosman air gun rifle BB/pellet gun. He picked that gun from a shelf within the retail store, said sources.
It has also been announced by the Ohio's Attorney General Mike DeWine that Hamilton County Chief Trial Counsel, Mark Piepmeier, will be serving as a special prosecutor in this case. He will be presenting the evidence in front of the special jury on September 22.
Lyons, Pastor Paul Mitchell of Revival Center Ministries, Pastor Corey Cunningham of Inspiration Church and Pastor James Washington of Phillips Temple CME Church together crafted a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice, which was read to all who attended the Church Wide Community Service at Phillips Temple CME Church in Trotwood.
Along with the crafted letter, the pastors asked the people who attended the Sunday's service to sign a petition which will be attached to the letter and will be sent to the U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Carter Stewart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio.
Crawford family's attorney stated that John was doing nothing unlawful when he was shot by the police. On the other hand, Attorney General Mike DeWine has refused the request made by the pastors along with citizens to release the surveillance videos of the retail store.
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