Beavercreek

One year after John Crawford III was killed, demonstrators were locked out of the Beavercreek Walmart.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 marked one full year since 22-year-old John Crawford III was shot and killed by Beavercreek police inside a Walmart. 

Crawford, who was black, was talking on his cell phone when he picked up a fake gun sold in the store. As he wandered the aisles, a white man named Ronald Ritchie called 911. Within minutes, two white officers arrived. Beavercreek Officer Sean Williams took two shots at Crawford in a matter of seconds after seeing him.

More than 200 protesters gathered in front of the locked Walmart Wednesday. crawford
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The Beavercreek Walmart was closed for several hours Wednesday evening during a protest one year since John Crawford III was shot and killed by police in the store. The store closed just before the demonstration started and reopened after most protesters had left.

As the demonstration started, would-be shoppers were rolling up to Walmart and finding the doors were locked. A woman who gave her name as Lucy shrugged.

Tornado Touched Down In Beavercreek Without Warning

May 27, 2015
The National Weather Service confirms a small tornado touched down in Beavercreek Tuesday.
Asha Brogan / WYSO

The National Weather Service in Wilmington has confirmed that a small tornado touched down in Beavercreek Tuesday.

At least one person suffered minor injuries and the twister damaged a few buildings in the Greene Crossing Shopping Center. But the tornado was especially surprising because there were no sirens before it struck.

Beavercreek resident Rick Beal says he was driving home from the shopping center when it hit. There had been strong winds, but the actual tornado touched down really briefly.

A small group of protesters unexpectedly went inside the Beavercreek City Council and starting chanting. black lives matter john crawford
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A group of protesters was kicked out of a Beavercreek City Council meeting Monday evening after disrupting it with chants about John Crawford III, who was killed by police inside a Beavercreek Walmart in August.

“I think it’s important that we keep present regarding John Crawford III, and all of the other black and brown people who are being murdered on a regular basis by police,” said Dayton resident Ndidi Achebe, one of about 20 demonstrators who went inside the city council meeting in an impromptu action.

Two recent protests over the police killing of John Crawford III were the first ones to lead to arrests. walmart protest
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Ten protesters arrested in Beavercreek in December will have a pretrial hearing in Fairborn this Monday morning.

Twelve people with the Black Lives Matter movement were arrested on Christmas Eve at Fairfield Commons Mall after they went into the middle of Christmas shopping crowds and unfurled a banner calling for Justice for John Crawford III.

The city of Beavercreek is looking forward to fixing up some of its parks.

A recently passed property tax levy is expected to bring in $1.1 million this year to the parks and recreation department. Interim Parks Superintendent Kim Farrell says some of the parks are getting a little run down.

“We have a few playgrounds that have kind of out-lived what the industry standards state,” she said. “And so now we’re going to be able to replace those playgrounds instead of taking them out and just having a dust ball.”

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At least fifty people will leave from Dayton Friday evening to make their way to Washington D.C. for a protest against police brutality, joining thousands who have been demonstrating around the country in recent months.

Dayton resident Iris Blanchard, a school counselor, says she’s fed up with seeing people she knows targeted by police.

“It’s time that we put our voices in and let the justice department know, let the Obama administration know, that they need to do something, they need to act now,” she said. “Otherwise the revolution is coming. It’s coming.”

A BB gun/pistol with a realistic look. This one is tagged with an orange tip to indicate it's not a real gun.
Bryce Mullet / Flickr/Creative Commons

One state lawmaker says toy guns look too much like real guns. Democratic House Representative Alicia Reece is introducing a bill that she says would make BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns sold in Ohio more easily distinguishable.

“It would look at color strip, would look at changing the color and at some point would look at changing the look of a gun," she said.

More than 100 people welcomed a donated jet from FedEx at the Dayton International Airport.
Ariel Van Cleave

 

More than 100 people gathered at the Dayton airport Thursday morning to welcome a jet that’s going to become a classroom. The aircraft is a gift to the Beavercreek City School District from FedEx.

There’s a lot of pomp associated with accepting a donated Boeing 727-200. The Beavercreek High School Band played to a large crowd while everyone waited for the plane.
 

Hundreds protested outside the Beavercreek Walmart Saturday, demanding the Attorney General's office release video of the police shooting of John Crawford.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Two groups are planning separate demonstrations this weekend centered around the death of 22-year-old John Crawford III, an unarmed black man who was shot by a Beavercreek police officer in Walmart Aug. 5.

A special Greene County Grand Jury decided not to indict Sergeant David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams, the two police officers involved in the shooting. They responded to a 9-1-1 call claiming Crawford was wandering around the store pointing a gun at people; the gun was later found to be an air rifle bb gun sold in the store.

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