Family Files Lawsuit Over Fatal Shooting At Ohio Wal-Mart


DAYTON, Ohio — The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer as he held an air rifle inside an Ohio Wal-Mart has sued the officers involved, the police chief, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and the city.

John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 inside the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. Police responded after a 911 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a firearm.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court charges among other things that Crawford’s civil rights were violated. It also charges negligence.

The family’s attorneys said at a news conference Tuesday that they are seeking justice for Crawford and want to prevent what happened to him from happening to others.

There was no immediate response from the defendants.