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.

Wal-Mart Denies Claims In Suit Over Fatal Store Shooting

Mar 6, 2015

Wal-Mart is denying allegations of civil rights violations and negligence in the death of a black man who was shot by a white officer while holding an air rifle inside one of the company's stores in Ohio.

Twenty-two-year-old John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 in Beavercreek.  Police responded after a 911 caller reported a man waving what appeared to be a firearm.

Greene County Black Lives Matters and members from the Ohio Student Association were at the Federal Courthouse Thursday.
Steve Bognar / WYSO

Dozens of protesters braved single digit wind chill temperatures at the federal courthouse in Dayton Thursday afternoon to deliver letters to the U.S. attorney’s office about the case of John Crawford III.


Members from the group Greene County Black Lives Matter, which organized the demonstration, joined others to personally give US Attorney Carter M. Stewart letters written by citizens seeking justice in Crawford’s civil rights case.

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

All 16 people arrested in connection with two recent protests in Beavercreek have had their initial day in court. Each of them plead not guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespass, obstructing official business, and in one case, resisting arrest.

Police Break Up Protest At Mall At Fairfield Commons

Dec 24, 2014

State and local police have broken up a protest at a shopping mall in the southwest Ohio city where a 22-year-old man was fatally shot by police in August.
The Dayton Daily News reports that several protesters were arrested Wednesday afternoon. State police said there were no injuries.
Dozens of people were staging a "die-in" protest and a large banner hung inside the mall in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek stated: "Black Lives Matter." The Daily News reports the Mall at Fairfield Commons was crowded with holiday shoppers.

Wayne Baker / WYSO

(Updated December 22nd at 10:45am) The Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, was closed for nearly three hours Saturday afternoon. Multiple police agencies from around the area responded to the store following a massive “die-in” protest.

Ohio AG Wants Active Shooter Response Studied

Dec 11, 2014
Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says it's time to study whether police officers are adequately trained to identify whether they're dealing with an active shooter situation.

DeWine says recent police shootings across the country show this is one area that has not been looked at.

DeWine made his remarks Thursday as he directed the state police training commission to study possible updates in officer training in using force.

DeWine announced the meeting last week after demonstrations around the country over racial justice and police use of force.

The Beavercreek Police Chief will not be retiring next month. According to a written statement from Dennis Evers, he says he will continue to lead the department for the “forseeable future.”

Ohio Bill Seeks Bright Colors For Lookalike Guns

Dec 8, 2014
A partial description of the Crosman MK-177 Tactical Air Rifle John Crawford picked up from a Walmart shelf says the gun "is useful for both target practice when perfecting your aim and for going after small game."

Legislation in Ohio would require that lookalike guns be brightly colored or otherwise marked.

A bill introduced Monday by Rep. Alicia Reece would require all BB guns, air rifles and airsoft guns stand out in color or have prominent fluorescent strips.

The proposal comes after two fatal police shootings in less than four months of young people holding lookalike guns in Ohio.