White cop who shot dead black man shopping for air rifle returns to ‘regular duty’


The white officer who killed a 22-year-old black man carrying an air rifle at an Ohio Walmart that he had picked up from a store shelf has returned to full duty.

Officer Sean Williams has returned to his normal duties on the job, Beavercreek’s law director Stephen McHugh confirmed to the Dayton Daily News.

‘He was to return to regular duty immediately following the DOJ release of their findings,’ McHugh told the newspaper.

However, he did not confirm when the cop went back to work.

Williams shot dead John Crawford III on August 5, 2014, after being called to the store amid reports someone was armed with a rifle.

The 22-year-old was shot in the arm and torso, and later died after being taken to a nearby hospital.

Officer Sean Williams   John Crawford III was shot dead at a Walmart

This still image taken from the store's security camera footage shows the moment Williams shot Crawford. The 22-year-old was falling to the ground before the cop ran into view and moved closer to him as seen in this image

On Wednesday, Crawford’s family said through a lawyer they were worried about community safety by the cop’s return.

‘I think the public should be very concerned,’ Crawford family attorney Michael Wright said, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Confirmation of Williams’ return to work comes after the Justice Department ruled on July 11 Williams would not face federal civil rights charges for killing Crawford.

He had been assigned to administrative work shortly after the shooting.

Williams shot the 22-year-old Crawford twice after officers responded to an emergency call about someone waving a rifle in the store. Police said Crawford didn’t obey commands to drop what turned out to be an air rifle.

A Greene County special grand jury declined to indict Williams criminally.

Williams shot dead John Crawford III on August 5, 2014, after being called to the Beavercreek Walmart (pictured) amid reports someone was armed with a rifle

It was revealed in April Beavercreek city spent more than $430,000 defending Williams and Sergeant David Darkow – the other cop at the scene – in connection with the fatal police shooting.

The cost included about $210,000 paid to two law firms.

The city paid significantly more in legal fees for Darkow spending more than $178,000 – almost six times the $32,000 paid for Williams.

Crawford family’s Wright said at the time the money used to defend the officers could have gone toward a settlement for the family.

‘It’s unfortunate that the city of Beavercreek has taken this stance and spent so much of the taxpayers money to continue to fight the Crawford family,’ he said. ‘This family and John’s two sons deserve justice.’

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