While Crawford’s death didn’t attract as much attention as the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, the three had something in common: They all involved black men who died after encounters with police officers and they all sparked larger discussions about the way police use force.
Now, the investigation into Crawford’s death has something else in common with the inquiries into how Brown and Garner died, as a Greene County grand jury will be impaneled to investigate the shooting. Grand juries are also considering the death of Brown, who was shot by an officer named Darren Wilson, and Garner, who died after he was placed in a chokehold.
The Ohio attorney general and the Greene County Prosecuting Attorney said Tuesday that Mark E. Piepmeier, an attorney in the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, will lead the prosecuting team. They said his history of prosecuting shootings involving police officers showed why he was selected for this investigation.
“We wanted to find a prosecutor who has a long history of prosecuting felony cases and one who has extensive experience handling officer-involved shootings,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) said in a statement.
Investigators have conducted about 70 interviews, reviewed reams of documents relating to the two Beavercreek officers involved in the shooting and looked through video footage captured by the Wal-Mart’s cameras.
The grand jury proceedings will begin on Sept. 22, rather than Sept. 3 as originally planned, DeWine said Tuesday.