Two rallies were held over the weekend outside of the Beavercreek Walmart in conjunction with the death of a man inside the store, and each rally had a distinct message. On August 5, John Crawford III was shot and killed by Beavercreek police after officers responded to a 911 call alleging that Crawford was waving a weapon at people inside of the store. Crawford was later found to be carrying an air rifle of a type that is sold inside the store, and was apparently talking on the phone to his girlfriend during the shooting.
Ohio's attorney general says veteran Hamilton County prosecutor Mark Piepmeier will lead the investigation into the police shooting of 21-year-old John Crawford III.
Mike DeWine said – at a press conference on Tuesday that Piepmeier will investigate, then present all the evidence to the special grand jury that was to convene next week. DeWine said that date has been pushed back.
On Monday afternoon students at Antioch College joined other students across the nation by walking out of their classrooms in what they call a show of solidarity with residents of Ferguson, Missouri over the death of Michael Brown. The 18 year old was killed in a confrontation with a police officer on August 9th.
Organizers of the national movement say the event coincided with the first day Michael Brown, of Ferguson, was scheduled to attend college. Antioch College Student, Eric Rhodes helped get the word out about their event.