Just outside of the Beavercreek Walmart where John Crawford, 22, was shot and killed by the notorious, killer cop on the Beavercreek Police Department (having been responsible for the only two police shootings in the department history), hundreds of protesters gathered. The silent commemoration was preceded and followed by songs as well as open discussion and testimonials related to racism in the community and police profiling of African Americans.
John Crawford, an unarmed African American man, had done other than holding a toy pellet gun which he had taken off of shelves of Walmart.
The vigil followed last weekend’s protests at the same site. Another similar protest is set to follow on the weekend, along with a march to the Beavercreek Police Department next week, in order to demand that the surveillance footage of the shooting be released.
Thankfully, the Beavercreek police stayed away from this evening’s vigil.
Walmart security also kept their distance as the crowd swelled. At one point it was between one and two hundred people strong.
One protester in attendance identified himself as a former police officer. He said that he is “disgusted with the militarization of police departments across the country.”
The former officer’s words drew laud applause from all there.
Michael Wright, the attorney for the Crawford family, asked “why did John Crawford III, a Walmart customer, get shot and killed holding a bb gun in a store that sells bb guns?”
The protestors are demanding that video surveillance footage be released because until it is, there will be a lot of unanswered questions. The fact that the Beavercreek Police refuse to release it to the public should make it obvious to anyone that the video does not corroborate their version of what happened.
(Article by Jackson Marciana)