Rally calls for support of Beavercreek Police Department

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) – Sunday, there was a growing show of support for two local officers, following a deadly shooting inside the Beavercreek Walmart.

More than 100 people gathered in support of the Beavercreek Police Department.

The crowd including retired cops, loved ones of current Miami Valley officers and concerned citizens.

Many held signs calling for support of the Beavercreek police department after the August 5th officer involved Walmart shooting of John Crawford III.

One woman tells 2 NEWS she’s a wife and mother of police officers

And she says she knows all too well their struggles in these types of situations.

“I want people to know no officer goes to work intending to shoot someone. They don’t want that to happen. The stress on them alone and what that would do to other families involved, they would never want that to happen if it doesn’t need to,” explained Susan White, a Washington Township resident.

Others say they don’t want to pass judgement on what happened inside the Walmart when Crawford was shot.

But one supporter and Beavercreek resident believes the two cops did what was necessary.

“They walked into a situation that they had no idea what was going on, you know, and they acted how they were trained,” Marie Kucinsky said.

Dr. Michael Crain organized the rally through a Facebook page.

He says the goal is to let Beavercreek officers know they’re appreciated for their sacrifices while on the job.

2 NEWS’ Beairshelle Edmé asked him about some concerns others have about the investigation and justice.

Saturday, nearly 200 people gathered at the Walmart to ask that U.S. Attorney General to take over Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s case.

The shift for a federal investigation is due to what many describe as distrust of the state attorney general and the local system.

When asked, “Do you trust the justice system in terms of its investigation and the process?” Crain responded, “I do.”

We asked why?

“Boy, that’s a good question. I would say that you know it’s worked for hundreds of years and you know, I personally have never had issues with it,” said the area police chaplain.

Crain said if there are flaws in the system, he believes they will be fixed. But he like many at Sunday’s rally believe the investigation can determine what steps should happen next.

Supporters say they will wait for the outcome of the investigation and remain behind the Beavercreek police force.

 

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