On August 5th, John Crawford III was fatally shot by police while carrying Walmart merchandise (an airgun) inside a Walmart in Beavercreek, OH.
News coverage in the initial days after the shooting contained many details which were portrayed by some in such a way as to make this shooting appear justified or a tragic accident.
After finally being allowed to review nearly 6 minutes of video surveillance from the scene, Crawford's family announced that they were confident that the shooting was no less than murder by law enforcement, and that they hoped that the authorities would do their duty.
All reports have been that only one officer fired. One of the two officers had discharged his weapon in a previous fatal officer-involved shooting. New reports are that one officer is back at work while the other remains on administrative leave. It is confidently speculated, but unconfirmed, that the shooter is the officer still on administrative leave. What is known is that the officer on leave was the shooter in a previous police homicide, in which he was cleared by the grand jury.
Local police asked the state to takeover investigation 2 hours after the shooting. Local prosecutors have asked the state Attorney General's office to act as special prosecutor in the case. Mike DeWine, Ohio AG has announced that presentation to the special grand jury will begin September 3rd.
For clarification of a couple of points commonly raised as incriminating of the victim see below the fold.
There was another death at the scene, Angela Williams suffered a heart attack while fleeing after shots were fired. She was not fleeing John Crawford prior to the shooting.
Employees locked themselves in the pharmacy bathroom and called 9-1-1. This occurred after shots were fired. They were not terrorized into calling 9-1-1 by John Crawford.