Protesters say it’s time for police to “release the tape”

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Saturday night a group of protesters announced they won’t stop until the Walmart shooting surveillance tape is released.

A silent remembrance was held for both victims of the shooting, which took place at the Walmart on Pentagon Boulevard.

John Crawford the III was shot by Beavercreek police three weeks ago.

It was later released Crawford was holding a toy bb gun inside the store.

Community of concerned citizens write and deliever letter to Beavercreek Police during silent protest. (WDTN- Beairshelle Edmé)
Community of concerned citizens write and deliver letter to Beavercreek Police during silent protest. (WDTN- Beairshelle Edmé)

Angela Williams also died of health complications while trying to escape the presumed suspect, Crawford.

Saturday, protesters said the release of the video from the shooting is long overdue; organizers say they want their rights to be observed by the police department.

In a letter, the group asked for full disclosure into the death of Crawford III and Williams.

They gathered, children and adults alike, dressed in black with duct tape covering their mouths with a clear message, “release the tape” and with a goal to bring peace.

Nearly 200 people joined in singing “”We who believe in freedom cannot rest.”

Later, people marched silently to the police department.

Once there, protesters linked arms and held hands to hear the words of one man who broke his silence for all to hear.

“As police officers, a noted practice is to protect and serve. We cannot disregard the seriousness of these events and recognize your efforts to enforce and follow these practices,” read Shon Houston, the man who read aloud to the reflective crowd.

Houston, along with several others, later hand delivered the letter to an officer in the hopes that Chief Dennis Evers will reply to their request.

“We’re asking for transparency as the concerned citizens we need to know what really happened. Really, we’re doing this because the family deserves to know what happened. They deserve to see, as do their attorneys, to makes sure justice is served,” Houston said.

Others who marched to the office with the group said the silent protest was a necessary step for many people.

Community members march to the Beavercreek Police Department demanding they release video recording of the shooting
Community members march to the Beavercreek Police Department demanding they release video recording of the shooting (WDTN- Beairshelle Edmé)

“Because as a citizen here, it’s a good way to get us together as a healing process. It’s important that the families, both families, have the tape because this is our right and it’s their right as citizens here to know what happened,” Alyssa Norman said.

The group was mostly met without any tension, but one man did counter protest with signs thanking the officers for their service.

Protesters say they do plan to keep the pressure on the Beavercreek Police Department.

 

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