A newly released video shows Ohio police aggressively interrogating the girlfriend of a young black man officers had shot and killed earlier in the day.
A detective threatened Tasha Thomas, John Crawford‘s girlfriend, with jail time and suggested she was high during an interrogation that lasted more than 90 minutes.
Throughout the questioning, Thomas can be heard pleading with the detective and swearing on the lives of her relatives that she didn’t know Crawford had a gun.
On August 5, police shot and killed Crawford at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton, after receiving a 911 call that falsely indicated he was waving a real firearm at people. It turned out Crawford was carrying a toy gun, which looked like an assault rifle, that he picked up at the store.
Police then interrogated Crawford’s girlfriend for more than 90 minutes before telling her Crawford was dead, the Guardian’s Jon Swaine reported:
Tasha Thomas was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm when they entered the Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, to buy crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars on the evening of 5 August.
By George Lopez
The family of the victims who lives were taken due to false calls to the police or exaggeration should face time and a lawsuit. Maybe then they will stop calling the cops because a Black guy is sitting waiting for his kids in St. Paul MN, walking in Walmart and decided to pick up a toy gun; killed while jogging from practice after someone falsely claimed their laptop was stolen, so the cops decided to shoot at a Black teen jogging from practice. Not only should law makers, and cops be held responsible but the moronic people who call them that created situations like these.
Black Americans are disproportionately likely to be stopped, arrested, and killed by police, according to the available but limited FBI data. These racial disparities remain even in situations in which a shooting victim wasn’t attacking anyone else. Some of these victims were instead killed while allegedly fleeing, committing a felony, or resisting arrest.