Family sues over fatal shooting at Ohio Wal-Mart

CINCINNATI (AP) — 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.

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman says Wal-Mart employees acted properly and the company takes the safety and security of its stores very seriously.

 

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