Wal-Mart denies claims in lawsuit over fatal store shooting
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Wal-Mart is denying allegations of civil rights violations and negligence in the death of a black man who was shot by a white police officer while holding an air rifle inside one of its stores in Ohio.
John Crawford III was shot in August in Beavercreek. Police had responded after a 911 caller reported a man waving what appeared to be a firearm.
A grand jury concluded the shooting was justified. Crawford’s family sued in federal court, seeking at least $75 000.
The city, its police chief and two officers named as defendants deny the family’s claims and are asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.
Bentonville, Arkansas-based Wal-Mart Stores Inc. denies responsibility for Crawford’s death in a Friday court filing.
Crawford’s family has sought a federal investigation to see if race was a factor.