Family wants feds to probe in Wal-Mart shooting

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Associated Press

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 26 at 2:01 PM

CINCINNATI (AP) — An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart is calling for the U.S. Justice Department to open a civil rights investigation.

Lawyer Michael Wright says the family of John Crawford III wants the federal government to investigate whether race played a factor in the Aug. 5 shooting and to assess whether it was justified.

Crawford was black, and Wright says the two officers involved are white. Police say they shot the 21-year-old for failing to drop an air rifle inside the store.

Wright's comments came on the heels of a news conference by Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, who says a veteran prosecutor in southwestern Ohio is leading the investigation and will present the case to a special grand jury Sept. 22.

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