Since the shooting death of John Crawford, the 22-year-old African American man who was holding a BB-gun he was prepared to purchase in an Ohio Walmart, there has been much conjecture about which of the two responding officers fired the fatal shots. But with the release of the Walmart security footage, it is has been all too clear that Officer Sean Williams alone was the over-zealous, trigger-happy Beavercreek Police officer who shot Crawford, literally on sight.
Our citizen journalists were first on the scene of the Beavercreek, Ohio Walmart, only minutes after John Crawford was shot and killed by local police.
Local media was not there yet, and Walmart had not yet instructed their employees to keep tight lipped about the events that they witnessed.
Police claim that the BB-gun Crawford was holding looked so much like an assault rifle, that they had no choice but to shoot and kill him. Witnesses, however, said that he never pointed the gun at anyone and that he explained to the officer immediately before being shot, “dude, it’s not real.”
Witnesses told us further that John Crawford III was simply talking on his cell phone, and never pointed the toy BB-gun at anyone. Now the release of the Walmart security footage has confirmed this. There was no warning and no response until after Crawford was first hit and then scrambled to his feet, only to be shot, over and over again by Officer Williams, who was armed with a military style assault rifle.
Beavercreek Police Sgt. David Darkow as well as Officer Sean Williams were both involved in the shooting, but while Darkow returned to work, Williams remained on paid administrative leave. Even before the release of the tape, our sources, close to the Beavercreek Police Department, tell us that the shooter was Officer Williams. Moreover, they inform us that Williams was involved in another shooting in 2010 and that word in the department is that he is “trigger-happy” and a “loose cannon.”
This earlier shooting and alleged Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from it, might have led to Williams being quick to fire on Crawford, who had not actually broken any law inside of Beavercreek last August.
Both of these shootings by Officer Williams are in fact the only two shootings in the history of the Beavercreek Police Department. That’s right: the Beavercreek Police Department has only shot two citizens in the history of their city and police force. Both of those shootings involved Officer Williams.
Officer Sean Williams killed retired Air Force Master Sgt. Scott A. Brogli, 45, on June 27, 2010 after police responded to a domestic violence call. Officer Williams claims that the retired military man charged him with a knife, when he shot him in front of the man’s 17-year-old son. But the shooting was brought before a grand jury back then, in spite of what would seem to be an open and shut case. A neighbor described Brogli as “too intoxicated to do anything,” but this is far from the story that Officer Williams told. It’s impossible to know what happened exactly during that shooting, but Officer Williams walked, in spite of the grand jury investigation. Now, with the shooting death of John Crawford, he has killed again: this time it is clear that he shot a man who was no threat to him. Did his past experience with shooting Brogli color the way he responded to the 911 call at the Beavercreek Walmart? To many, it would seem so.
Help us to SPREAD THE WORD about this important story! Then contact the Beavercreek Police Department and demand justice for John Crawford. Tell them to bring up charges against Officer Williams!
Beavercreek Police Department
1388 Research Park Dr
Beavercreek, OH 45432
Remember that the more people who see this article, the more people will call and put pressure on the Beavercreek Police to stop sweeping the actions of this killer cop under the rug. This is just as important as Ferguson and Michael Brown, but the shooting death of John Crawford has received comparatively little coverage in the mainstream media. Let’s make sure that changes very soon!
(Article by Jackson Marciana)