A grand jury in Greene County has found that the actions of officers involved in the Beavercreek Walmart shooting were justified. In response, the U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will investigate.
Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police in the store the evening of August 5th. A 9-1-1 caller reported Crawford was waving what appeared to be a rifle. Police said he didn't obey commands to put down what turned out to be an air rifle BB-gun.
A special grand jury has been seated at the Greene County Courthouse in Xenia in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old John Crawford III inside of a Beavercreek Walmart. About 200 people attended a rally outside of the courthouse.
Organizers estimate around 90 people marched from the Beavercreek Walmart to the courthouse Monday carrying placards asking for justice for John Crawford. Aaliyah Shariff of the Ohio Student Organization, the group that organized the rally, called it a journey for justice.
Residents and business owners near East Third Street just outside downtown Dayton have been working on a series of events to help bolster the community in that neighborhood. The Third on Third outdoor eclectic market is happening today and is joined by a new event highlighting the Front Street Artists studio. Organizers Peter Benkendorf and Mike Elsass spoke with Kaleidoscope host Juliet Fromholt earlier this week.
The Third on Third Eclectic Outdoor Market and the inaugural Third Sundays at Front Street are Sunday, September 21st, 11am - 4pm on East Third Street in Dayton.
A rally for the family of a man shot and killed by police inside a Beavercreek Walmart in August will take place Monday morning. A student led political activist group from Columbus is organizing the event.
The Ohio Student Association is calling the event the "Journey for John Crawford." Crawford was shot and killed inside of Walmart after police responded to a 9-1-1 call saying he was pointing a weapon at other customers.