Ohio family claims police shot man dead carrying toy gun in Walmart
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John Crawford, 22, was shot and killed by Beavercreek Police at an Ohio Walmart on Aug. 5 after allegedly walking around the store with a toy gun in hand.
LeeCee Johnson, the mother of Crawford's children, claims that she was on the phone with Crawford during the time that he was shot dead. She recently found out that she is pregnant with Crawford's third child, but had not yet told him.
“He said he was at the video games playing videos and he went over there by the toy section where the toy guns were. And the next thing I know, he said ‘It’s not real,’ and the police start shooting and they said, ‘Get on the ground,’ but he was already on the ground because they had shot him,” Johnson tells the Dayton Daily News, explaining what she heard on the phone. “I could hear him just crying and screaming. I feel like they shot him down like he was not even human," she added.
Lamon Brown, Crawford's cousin, says the family has contacted the NAACP and the National Action Network seeking justice. “He does not own [a rifle-like weapon],” Brown tells the Dayton Daily News. “We actually think it was a toy. After these things happen they [police] usually report what kind of gun it was, but they’re not saying what kind of gun it was.”
Tasha Thomas, Crawford's current girlfriend, claims Crawford was not armed when he entered the Walmart with her that day.
While officials further investigate, the two police officers involved in the shooting are currently on paid administrative leave.