An Ohio grand jury in Greene County has opted to not bring charges against the officers involved in the fatal shooting that took place Aug. 5 at an Ohio Wal-Mart. The grand jury reached its decision a little before 12 p.m. on Wednesday.
In a statement to the Los Angles Times Julie Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Hamilton County prosecutor’s office, said the investigation into the killing of Crawford in Beavercreek was now closed.
However, the Department of Justice—just hours following the decision—released a statement saying it will launch an independent investigation of the shooting. The statement read:
The Civil Rights Division, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the FBI have been monitoring the state’s investigation of this case. The Civil Rights Division, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the FBI will conduct a thorough and independent review of the evidence and take appropriate action if the evidence indicates a prosecutable violation of federal criminal civil rights statutes. This is an on-going investigation; therefore, the Department can make no further comment on this case at this time.
Crawford was shot and killed for failing to comply with law enforcement.
Update: New Video Shows John Crawford Fatally Shot By Police In Walmart
“The Walmart surveillance video and eyewitnesses prove that the killing of John H. Crawford, lll was not justified and was not reasonable. It is undisputed that John Crawford, lll was in Walmart as a customer and was not posing a threat to anyone in the store, especially the police officers.”