PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — An Escambia County grand jury has decided no criminal charges should be filed against the officer who shot and killed Tymar Crawford.
Det. Daniel Siemen was fired as a result of the July 5 shooting that killed Crawford. An internal investigation found Siemen violated the department’s use of force policy.
After a week of receiving testimony and deliberations, the grand jury returned a no true bill, meaning they believed charges were not appropriate and chose not to indict Seiman.
Police were trying to arrest Crawford for an alleged drug offense when they say Crawford disarmed an officer, leading to Siemen opening fire.
Crawford’s family’s lawyer, Joe Zarzaur held a press conference Friday afternoon to discuss Crawford’s case. Zarzaur said he respected the grand jury’s decision because he respects the justice system. But he said the case is just beginning, noting Crawford’s family plans to use the city of Pensacola.
“When the public sees (police bodycam) video, they are going to have a lot of questions about their police force,” Zarzaur said. “Why are they escalating things that don’t need to be escalated? Are they trained in deescalation protocols? Are they trained to use than less than lethal force?”
Zarzaur also alleged Pensacola police offers were allowed to see these videos before testifying to the grand jury and were allowed to side with Pensacola Police Department.
Rodney Jones, with the local NAACP chapter, said that would taint a jury. He, too, has seen the video.
“I had an opportunity to watch the video,” Jones said. “What I saw on the video was a homicide — by any means — it was a homicide and for the grand jury to come back with a no bill, its a travesty not just to the family of Tymar but to this entire city.”
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