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Family of man shot in Walmart settles suit with city

May 14, 2020 GMT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The family of a black man who was fatally shot by a white police officer in an Ohio Walmart store has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city, according to the family’s lawyer.

Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams shot 22-year-old John Crawford III soon after he picked up an unpackaged pellet rifle that he found on a store shelf in August 2014.

The city and Crawford family have reached a settlement agreement of $1.7 million and police policy changes, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported Thursday.

“I don’t think any type of monetary reward that will bring much satisfaction to the family, this was a decision made based on the facts in the litigation,” said Crawford family attorney Michael Wright.

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A federal grand jury declined to indict Williams in Crawford’s death in July 2017.

Wright said the family intends to move forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against Walmart, which is scheduled to go to trial on Nov. 2.