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The John H. Crawford, III foundation focus is multifaceted, including educating and supporting families of police brutality. In addition, the foundation continues to work with community leadership and citizens on reforming the criminal justice system, with a specific focus on police accountability, in efforts to stop these egregious acts of violence.

“Six Months Without My Son”

Heartbroken. Devastated. Confused. These are just a few of the emotions my family and I felt after the senseless death of my only son, John Crawford, lll on August 5, 2014 in Walmart store in Beavercreek, Ohio. John lll was an amazing father, loving son and awesome friend. He was just starting to discover who he was, what his passion was, what he wanted to pursue in life and now he’s gone. It makes no sense to me how a simple trip to Walmart ended in the killing of my son. I was further shocked when a Grand Jury refused to indict the officer responsible for my son’s death. But now, six months after this horrific tragedy, we want the world to know just how much we love and miss him. Not a day goes by that we aren’t reminded of his beautiful smile and laid-back personality. It’s incomprehensible that his two sons will grow up not knowing their father. So it’s my job to make sure you, as well as my grandsons, don’t forget about John lll.

How many more families have to go through this before real justice is done? John’s mother, Tressa, and I have been encouraged and uplifted by all the love and support we have received since John’s killing. We want real change to happen in John’s name—starting with effective legislation. We support any law that forces stores to use common sense in selling toy guns, keep them locked up, require a sales person to take the gun directly to a cashier. These are steps that can help save a life and prevent another tragedy.

Nothing will bring my son back and that is a reality I have to live with every day of my life, but if we can prevent just one young man from being killed, my son’s death will not be in vain.

It’s hard to believe it’s been six months and we ask you to keep praying for our family, keep praying for John’s sons, his first born will turn 2 this month. We intend to keep fighting for justice and hope you will keep fighting on John’s behalf as well.

God Bless and Thank You!

Sincerely,

John H. Crawford, Jr.

Father of John H. Crawford, lll

The Story of John Crawford III

John Crawford, an African-American father of two young children, was gunned down by police inside of an Ohio Wal-Mart on August 5, 2014.  Mr. Crawford picked up a piece of Wal-Mart merchandise, a BB gun, which proved to be a fatal decision.  The videotaped footage at Wal-Mart serves as the only unbiased account of how a simple shopping trip to Wal-Mart turned deadly at the hands of the Beavercreek police.  The Attorney General has only permitted his family to view approximately five minutes of the footage. The footage shows he never approached officers. He never aimed the BB gun at them. He was not otherwise aggressive in any way. He was not given an opportunity to live. He was only able to utter the words “it’s not real” – as he was shot dead on site. But the rest of the story remains incomplete.

As of August 20, 2014, the Ohio Attorney General refuses to release the entire videotaped footage, which tells the story of the last minutes of Mr. Crawford’s life to his family and legal representatives.  The Attorney General cites an ongoing investigation as the reason for concealing the videotaped encounter.  But an officer involved in the shooting is back at work. Tell the Attorney General and Beavercreek Police Department they can’t have it both ways – they can’t continue to conceal evidence of this killing under the guise of an “investigation” while allowing one of the potential suspects back on the police force. Either your investigation is over or it is not.

It is time for the public to demand transparency in this merciless killing.  It is time for the Attorney General to stop concealing evidence.  It is time for the video footage to be released.  It is time for the police officer’s statements to be subject to public scrutiny.  And if the Attorney General is not willing to be transparent, then it is time for the United States Justice Department to step in and provide the transparency in this case that will ensure justice for Mr. Crawford.

Please show the Attorney General, Beavercreek Police, and the Justice Department that we do not take the unjustifiable killing of a black man perusing an aisle and examining merchandise lightly by signing this petition.

“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.”  – Haile Selassie.

Do not let justice for Mr. Crawford be silenced!