Pictures show girlfriend of man charged with shooting dead black man
Pictures of the girlfriend of a bullet factory worker who shot dead a black man, 22, after the victim complimented her during a night out, have emerged showing her smiling and posing with her allegedly would-be killer boyfriend as social media users demand she be charged in the crime.
Ian Cranston, 27, was charged with murdering Barry Washington Jr, 22, after he reportedly issued a ‘respectful compliment’ to his girlfriend, Allie Butler, 27, outside a bar in Bend, Oregon.
The shooting, which followed a physical altercation, was videotaped and shared on social media.
Footage of the incident shows a woman — who some allege to be Butler — shouting profanity before shots ring out. Then a male voice, suspected to belong to Cranston, exclaims ‘Hey, call the police!’ and laughter is heard.
Later, the woman is heard telling a man that the ‘guy on the ground’ pushed and hit her in the face, and also struck her boyfriend.
Although Butler was not charged in Washington’s death, activists say she egged Cranston — has been charged with crimes including second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault — on and ‘found pleasure’ in the attack. Some even claim she spat a racial slut at Washington.
Ian Cranston, 27, is pictured with his girlfriend, Allie Butler, 27. Cranston is charged with murdering a black man who allegedly issued Butler a ‘respectful’ compliment
‘YOU ARE NOT A VICTIM. You laughed and found pleasure in the murder of a black man that you harassed, antagonized and called a n***** as your boyfriend Ian Cranston shot and killed that young man. Now this killer is walking the streets of Bend after making a $10,000 payment on a manslaughter charge. While someone’s child, friend, loved one is dead,’ Facebook user Casey Morris wrote.
‘You walked away *laughing* as his body laid on the ground fighting to breathe. You lied to make yourself a victim of a hate crime that you played a part in. You then sent your video to a news outlet for your own benefit.’
LaRhonda Tyson, also taking to social media, blatantly called Butler a killer.
‘Another innocent black man has lost his life, again. His name is BARRY WASHINGTON. He was murdered in public, in cold blood, by IAN CRANSTON and ALLIE BUTLER please help get his story our there,’ Tyson exclaimed.
Her claims were echoed by another Facebooker who said: ‘[Washington] was murdered on video, taunted while dying, called racial slurs, majority of people in the club jus laughed at this black dude dying on the floor!’
‘His killer Ian Cranston in Bend. Oh, his girlfriend n him laughing. I hope lil Allie Butler gets the karma she deserves! Didn’t even care somebody is dying right in front of you.’
Activists have taken to social media, calling for Butler’s arrest. They claim she egged Cranston on and ‘found pleasure’ in the attack. Some even claim she spat a racial slut at Washington
It is unclear from the video if Butler contributed to the encounter, as the activists allege.
Butler, who appears to have earned her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University where she also was a cheerleader, appears to have had a happy relationship with Cranston.
Photographs shown on social media feature the two smiling.
Butler’s mother, Patty, took to Facebook on Mother’s Day to thank Cranston and her ‘lovely daughter’ for sending flowers to ‘brighten up her day’.
The post included a photo of a bouquet and a note reading: ‘To the strongest and most kind hearted woman we know. Happy Mother’s Day! Love, Ian & Allie.’
At this time, the Butler family has not publicly commented on the shooting.
Ian Cranston is pictured with his mother Pamela Cranston, girlfriend Allie Butler, father Edward Cranston, brother Duncan Cranston and his girlfriend Jordan Samuels at the beach in a photo posted March 28, 2018
Butler, who appears to have earned her bachelor’s degree from Portland State University where she also was a cheerleader, has not been charged in the incident. Social media users are calling for action to be taken against Butler, alleging that she laughed at Washington and egged Cranston on during the fight
Washington was shot on a street in Bend, Oregon, on September 19, after he spoke to Butler outside a bar called The Capital.
Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said: ‘It is believed that the initial interaction between Barry and Mr. Cranston began when Barry complimented Mr. Cranston’s girlfriend.
‘There’s no evidence that what Mr. Washington did when he approached the woman was inappropriate.
‘There’s not an allegation that he groped her, grabbed her, was crass with her. He complimented her in a respectful manner. She was fine back. She said, ‘No, thank you. I’m flattered but I’m in a relationship.’ No allegation that anything Mr. Washington did was inappropriate.’
That was the extent of the interaction, but Cranston, a machinist at bullet manufacturer Nosler, was ‘not happy,’ it is alleged.
Hummel said the two men later had words outside, and that there was some pushing and punches thrown, but that things had calmed down before Cranston allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Washington.
Barry Washington Jr
A grab from cellphone video appears to show Washington engaging in a dispute with some people just seconds before a gunshot rings out
The shooting took place on September 19 outside a nightclub in Bend, Oregon
The initial compliment was not caught on camera. Footage said to show the deadly fight was shared on social media, with a man believed to be Washington filmed fighting with another man moments before a gunshot rings out.
Cops were called to the scene, and found Washington, who lived in Bend, lying on the sidewalk suffering from a gunshot wound.
He was rushed to hospital and died the next day.
Cranston has now been charged with crimes including second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter and first-degree assault.
He has not been charged with any hate crime, but District Attorney Hummel said an investigation into whether the killing was bias-motivated continues, and drew parallels between the killing and historic racist murders of black men.
He said: ‘If we obtain sufficient evidence to prove that this shooting was at least partially motivated by race, we will go back to that grand jury and ask them to add the charge
‘It is believed that the initial interaction between Barry and Mr. Cranston began when Barry complimented Mr. Cranston’s girlfriend.
‘Our country has a disgraceful history of denigrating, prosecuting and lynching Black men for talking to White women. Over the last week, literally hundreds of people called and emailed me to remind me of this history.’
A GoFundMe campaign was launched by Washington’s aunt to help the family. It has already drawn more than $57,000 in donations
Washington was fatally shot on the sidewalk after complimenting Cranston’s girlfriend and getting into a physical altercation with the man
The district attorney said Washington was ‘respectful’ when he complimented Cranston’s girlfriend. The suspect has not been charged with a hate crime
Cranston has since been arrested and held in Deschutes County Jail on a no-bail warrant, Hummel said.
Cranston’s attorney Kevin Sali accused Washington of being the aggressor and claimed that he physically assaulted his client, leaving him with head injuries.
In a statement to CNN, Sali said ‘indisputable’ video evidence shows ‘before Ian Cranston ever drew his weapon, Barry Washington had assaulted him without provocation, resulting in head injuries that required the police to take Mr. Cranston to the hospital where a brain scan and other procedures had to be performed.’
Cranston’s defense attorney also sharply rebuked Hummel over his race comments.
‘After the evidence comes out at trial, I trust someone will ask the District Attorney why he deliberately inflamed the community with statements he knew were not supported by any evidence,’ Sali stated.
Cranston did not enter a plea during his arraignment on Friday. He is due back in court on December 7.
KTVZ reported that Cranston has no prior criminal history in Oregon. Over the past year, he has worked as a machinist for a company that manufactures bullets.
Washington was a native of Benicia, California, who had only recently relocated to Bend with a friend, according to the Bend Bulletin. He is survived by his mother and younger siblings.
‘This is really overwhelming. The way my son was murdered… it’s too much,’ wrote Washington’s mother, Lawanda Roberson. ‘I’m so hurt.. I haven’t even begin to grieve. The legal case is a lot…all while trying to lay my son to rest.’
Washington, a native of California, is pictured left with his mother, Lawanda Roberson
Meanwhile, Washington’s family and friends are demanding justice.
At a vigil on September 26, Washington’s mother, Lawanda Roberson, said she wanted to make sure she gave her son a voice.
‘I am very shocked. I am in disbelief. I always hear about these stories,’ told KTVZ.
‘I really want to speak for my son because I know there have been a lot of misleading stories out there.’
Washington’s aunt, Valencia Roberson, also shared at the vigil that the family believes his murder was racially motivated.
‘Basically, he told him that they can do to him whatever they wanted to do and kept calling him the ‘N’ word,’ Valencia alleged.
Washington allegedly asked Butler on a date, to which she declined.
Although the initial compliment was not caught camera, the aftermath – including the fatal shooting – was recorded.
In the video said to show the incident, a man believed to be Washington uses foul language and moves towards someone off camera.
Lawanda Roberson, has also been advocating for justice on her Facebook page.
In a post on Tuesday she shared that she was ‘still in shock’ and is ‘overwhelmed with the legalities of the case.’
She also issued heartfelt words to her deceased son, saying: ‘I see your big smile and your words you always say to me ‘mama I’m go be good’ and you know your mama .. not go rest and go make sure Justice is served!
‘No time to just sit and think about the reality. Your gone! But at the end of the night The reality hit and I can’t take it .. my son, my baby is gone.’
A GoFundMe campaign was launched by Washington’s aunt to help the family. It has already drawn more than $57,000 in donations.