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Witness Says John Crawford III Never Aimed Toy Gun at Police

Witness in Walmart Police Shooting Now Says Victim Never Pointed Gun

John Crawford III, a 22-year-old Black man, was fatally shot by police inside an Ohio Walmart after another shopper reported Crawford was "walking around with a gun in the store." The alleged gun, which the witness described in a 911 call as an "AR-15," turned out to be a BB rifle from one of the store's shelves.

Now Ronald Ritchie, the 24-year-old who made that 911 call, is amending what he originally told police and reporters about the Aug. 5 incident.

Ritchie, to the dispatcher: "He's, like, pointing it at people." He also said in the call that Crawford was trying to load the gun, causing 911 to tell officers, "he just put some bullets inside."

Ritchie, to reporters at the time: "He was pointing at people. Children walking by."

Ritchie in the Guardian this week: "At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody." Well, that's certainly a different story. What changed during the past month?

Ritchie says he was allowed to view the sealed security video, recently shown to Crawford's family and their attorneys, that reportedly shows Crawford never lifted the BB gun and was on the phone and standing still when officers shot and killed him.

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