A special grand jury called to review evidence in the fatal shooting of John Crawford III, killed by police in an Ohio Walmart while carrying a BB gun from store's shelves, decided today that no officers involved in the shooting will be indicted. A disturbing video of Crawford's shooting was also released, showing he had the BB gun pointed at the floor when he was shot.
Surveillance video from Crawford's shooting—previously unavailable to the public—shows Crawford walking around the store while talking on the phone, with the BB gun at his side or on his shoulder. The disturbing video then shows multiple officers rushing toward Crawford, who has the gun pointed at the floor, with guns drawn, shooting him:
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Though the special grand jury reportedly considered charging the officers with murder, reckless homicide, or negligent homicide, WHIO reports the jury ultimately decided not to indict the officers involved in the shooting, finding their actions were justified.
Vince Pope, attorney for the officers involved in the shooting, released a statement following the decision:
"I believe the grand jury's decision, it's absolutely the right decision, that the officers acted well within their training."
Derrick Foward, president of the Dayton Unit NAACP, also released a statement:
"The Special Grand Jury in Greene County made the wrong decision. It's a sad day in the history of Dayton."
Foward added the NAACP will call for a complete investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.