Officers’ actions were justified in the fatal shooting of a man holding an air rifle inside an Ohio Wal-Mart store, a grand jury determined Wednesday — using surveillance video the slain man’s family said shows the shooting was completely unjustified.
The Greene County grand jury opted not to issue any indictments in the Aug. 5 death of 22-year-old John Crawford III inside a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Special Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier said.
A 911 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle in the store. Police said he was killed after failing to obey commands to put down what turned out to be an air rifle taken from a shelf.
Since the shooting, Crawford’s family had demanded public release of the surveillance footage, a request denied until Wednesday by the state attorney general, who said releasing it earlier could taint the investigation and potential jury pool.
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Oh, and to answer the question: Leftists are about control. The individual exists to server the needs of the state, therefore Trayvon Martin’s death was a tragedy in that a citizen shot him, regardless what injuries Trayvon may have been inflicting on that citizen. However John Crawford was shot by a cop, an instrument of the state, therefore his death was merely the price we pay for a powerful, “benevolent” state.
Conservatives need to understand what Liberals are doing in establishing the principle that cops may shoot who they want, and never be questioned. Yes, we need law and order, but only if that law and order serves the individual, not the state. The state exists to serve the needs of the individual, and as an instrument of the state any and every law enforcement officer should be accountable for how his action impact the individual. Cops are hired based on the idea that they will be risking their lives to protect civilians. The idea that a cop can then shoot any civilian he might possibly believe threatens him reverses that, and makes him a deadly tool of growing totalitarianism.