October 6th, 2014
Activists from Anonymous, Cop Block, Ohio Open Cary, and unaffiliated citizens from all races and walks of life joined together to express their sympathies and solidarity with the Crawford family.
John Crawford was killed by the Beavercreek Police Department while holding a pellet rifle inside of Wal-Mart. He apparently planned to purchase the BB gun.
A telephone call to 911 by a man who has repeatedly changed his story about the events led to officers being dispatched to Wal-mart. The department claims they were worried about an active shooter. Of course, even the least observant officer should have noticed as they barreled through the store that shoppers were not fleeing a gunman in panic. They were going about their shopping routines.
After finding Crawford, the officers told him to drop the BB gun, then immediately opened fire and killed him. Even if the rifle had been real, under Ohio state law, Crawford was not committing a crime. He certainly did not deserve a summary execution. He was reportedly on the phone with loved ones who listened in horror to Crawford’s last minutes. Elsewhere in the store, a woman suffered a heart attack because of police gunfire. She did not recover.
Despite video demonstrating the careless and reckless behavior of the officers, the Grand Jury has failed to indict, which has sparked outrage across the sleepy community. Even though the feds have decided to probe the event, locals who have seen officers get away with murder all across the country are not hopeful.
This is the second time Crawford’s killer has shot and killed someone. Officer Sean Williams shot and killed a retired Air Force Master Sergeant in 2010. Scott A. Brogli was gunned down despite being “too intoxicated to do anything.” Williams claimed that the man that was drunk on the floor jumped up and charged him with a knife. There were no witnesses other than members of the thin blue line. Unsurprisingly, the Grand Jury didn’t charge him then either. In the small community police department’s entire history, there have been two killings by officers.The same officer was the shooter in both instances.