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Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit In John Crawford Walmart Shooting Case Postponed

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Tressa Sherrod via Facebook

A trial set to begin Feb. 4 over the 2014 shooting death of John Crawford at a Beavercreek Walmart store has been delayed until the fall.

A federal judge postponed the trial after Beavercreek Police Officer Sean Williams filed an appeal.

Officer Williams -- who is white -- shot Crawford -- who was black -- as Crawford held an unloaded pellet gun in the Walmart sporting goods department.

Officer Williams was never charged.

The federal civil rights lawsuit brought by Crawford’s family is now expected to go to trial in late October.

Michael Wright, the Crawford family's attorney, says, unlike Williams, the city of Beavercreek and the city's police chief cannot file an appeal until after the upcoming trial is completed.  

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.
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