Justice Department to Review the Shooting of John Crawford, III
COLUMBUS, OH—The Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Division, announced today that they will conduct an independent review of the facts and circumstances surrounding the August 5, 2014, fatal shooting of John Crawford III by an officer with the Beavercreek Police Department. 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.
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