Ohio suburb may hire PR firm after police shooting

In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 5, 2014, members of the Ohio Student Association gathered outside Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office in Columbus, Ohio, to call for the release of in-store video in the fatal police shooting of a man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart. Organizers tell the Dayton Daily News they want to see what happened on Aug. 5 when 21-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police. Officers say he refused to drop an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek. (AP Photo/The Dayton Daily News, Jim Otte)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (AP) — An official says a Dayton suburb may hire a public-relations firm to help manage communications in the wake of last month’s fatal shooting of a man by police in a Wal-Mart store.

A member of the Beavercreek city attorney’s staff tells the Dayton Daily News that the city may seek help from a PR firm “as a tool for legal counsel.”

City officials haven’t said if a specific firm has been selected or what duties the firm would perform.

The city has gotten national and international attention since 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot in a Wal-Mart on Aug. 5 by officers who said he refused orders to put down a pellet gun he’d picked up from a shelf.

A grand jury will consider the case Sept. 22.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com

 

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