Wright & Schulte LLC Is Saddened To Report That The Girlfriend Of John Crawford The III, The Man Who Was Shot And Killed By Beavercreek Police At A Beavercreek Walmart Died In A Car Accident On January 1st, 2015
Tasha Thomas, 26, had accompanied John Crawford to the Walmart on the night he was shot and killed by Beavercreek police. Ms Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene of a car accident in Dayton Ohio early New Year’s Day. Another person riding with Thomas, Frederick Bailey, 30, was also killed in the crash. Attorney Michael Wright, a founding partner with Wright & Schulte LLC, is currently representing the Crawford family in a wrongful death lawsuit (3:14-cv-00454) filed against the Beavercreek police department, has released a statement saying that Tasha’s death was “tragic.” A spokesperson for the Crawford family told Reuters news that she was not able to identify if Thomas’s death would have an impact on the lawsuit which was filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, [http://world.einnews.com/article/242704128/xM7Z4y-PXMjFWbJg, January 2015]
After John Crawford’s death, Thomas was taken to the Beavercreek police office and questioned rudely by Beavercreek police for over 90 minutes about Crawford’s possession of a BB rifle in the Beavercreek Walmart. It was not until the end of the interview that police informed Thomas of John Crawford’s death, a video of the interview released by the Ohio Attorney General’s office showed the interrogation, “raised questions about the integrity of the police investigation,” Local 12 WKRC-TV News stated. [local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/new-interrogation-video-death-john-crawford-22179.shtml, December 17, 2014]
Wright & Schulte LLC filed a wrongful death suit on behalf of the family of John H. Crawford III on December 16, 2014. The suit names the Beavercreek Police Department, the city of Beavercreek, the Walmart store in Beavercreek, and the officer who shot John Crawford as defendants (3:14-cv-00454). The Crawford family seeks compensatory and punitive damages. A grand jury chose not to indict the police officers involved in the Crawford shooting. In response to this news, Mr. Wright said at a news conference, “All we want is justice for John Crawford, and everyone responsible for John Crawford’s death should be held responsible. The criminal justice system refused to hold those accountable so the civil system must.” [reuters.com/article/2014/12/16/us-usa-ohio-shooting-police-idUSKBN0JU23N20141216, December 16, 2014]
The Crawford wrongful death lawsuit reports that Mr. Crawford was at the Beavercreek Walmart on August 5th to purchase items for a family gathering. The lawsuit states that in the store, he allegedly picked up an unloaded MK-177 BB/Pellet Rifle already unboxed at the store, but did nothing to cause harm to customers. A 911 call stating that a black man was pointing a gun at Walmart customers caused the Beavercreek police to show up at the Walmart and confront Crawford. When police arrived, the suit states that Crawford was talking on a cell phone with his right hand and holding the BB rifle pointed toward the floor with his left. The suit alleges that Crawford did not have time to “comply with any verbal commands the officers may have made,” before they shot him. (3:14-cv-00454)
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