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DeWine names a special prosecutor in the Walmart police shooting
AG expects proceedings to start in late September
Story by STEVE BROWN


 
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is defending his decision to let the family members of a man killed by police inside a Dayton-area Walmart to view surveillance footage of the incident.

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"I thought the family had the right to have the opportunity to review it. The mom did not want to review it; I fully understand that. The dad did. ... I felt that was something we should do."

DeWine spoke with reporters this morning. The family of John Crawford III has called for the public release of the footage. They claim Crawford’s death was unjustified. Police say he was shot for refusing to drop what turned out to be an air rifle. A grand jury meets next month to see if the two officers involved should be charged.

DeWine says Hamilton County prosecutor Mark Piepmeier, who has handled more than 100 police-involved cases, will present the case to a grand jury. DeWine had hoped to start the proceedings Sept. 3, but said Piepmeier is not available until Sept. 22.

 

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