Protest planned at Beavercreek Police Department

Community members march to the Beavercreek Police Department demanding they release video recording of the shooting

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) — A protest will be held at the Beavercreek Police Department on the same day the man who was shot and killed by an officer at the Beavercreek Walmart was laid to rest.

John Crawford III’s funeral services were held in the Cincinnati community of Forest Park at the Inspirational Baptist Church Saturday. Crawford leaves behind two young sons.

The 22-year-old was shot and killed on August 5th by a Beavercreek Police Officer. Police say Crawford was waving a weapon inside the Beavercreek Walmart and refused to drop it on command. The gun turned out to be a BB gun.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation is now investigating what happened.

But that’s not enough for his family.

The Crawford family spoke to 2 NEWS this past week. They are pushing for the release of a videotape that could answer questions about what happened inside the store that night. Right now the video is being held by investigating agencies.

The family believes Crawford and his friend were at the Walmart to buy supplies to make S’mores the night he died.

The uncertainty surrounding the shooting has many people speaking out.  A group of people is planning a protest outside the Beavercreek Police Department starting at 7 p.m. Saturday. The activists are asking that the surveillance tape be released.

2 NEWS will have a crew on the scene and have more on that tonight on 2 NEWS at 11. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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