Beavercreek Residents Could Use Cleveland Strategy in John Crawford III Case


Residents of Beavercreek, Ohio, may take advantage of the law that permits citizens with "knowledge of the facts" to file affidavits and initiate criminal proceedings.

Activists in and around the Dayton suburb are still searching for justice in the case of John Crawford III, who was shot and killed by a police officer at a Walmart last August.

In Cleveland last week, municipal court Judge Ronald Adrine ruled that there was probable cause to variously charge officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback in Tamir Rice's death. Activists filed affidavits based on the same "knowledge of the facts" Ohio law.

Adrine's ruling is only advisory, but it puts pressure on County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty to convene a Grand Jury. (It has now been nearly seven months since Tamir Rice was shot at the Cudell Recreation Center).    

Unlike in Cleveland, a special Grand Jury convened in Beavercreek's Greene County and declined to indict officer Sean Williams, who shot Crawford III. That happened a month after the shooting, to put things in perspective. 

But according to a Dayton law professor who spoke with the Dayton Daily News, Double Jeopardy doesn't apply to the grand jury process, so Williams could still theoretically be charged.

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