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Judge dismisses wrongful death claim against Walmart

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Posted at 7:48 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 07:48:06-05

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A judge has dismissed a wrongful death claim against Walmart in a civil rights lawsuit over a white police officer's fatal shooting of a black man in an Ohio Walmart who was carrying an air rifle he picked up.

A federal judge in Dayton ruled Monday that other claims, including negligence, can proceed against Walmart in the 2014 death of 22-year-old John Crawford III.

Crawford's family sued Walmart, the city of Beavercreek and police.

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The judge previously ruled most counts against the Beavercreek officer who shot Crawford after spotting him with the unpackaged rifle, could continue. The officer wasn't charged.

A message left for Walmart's attorney wasn't immediately returned.

Crawford family attorney Michael Wright said they're disappointed the claim was dismissed, but happy their other claims against Walmart can proceed.