Open Carry rally held in front of Beavercreek Walmart

Open Carry Rally (WDTN Photo/Matt Behrens)

BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) — Dozens gathered in front of the Beavercreek Walmart for a rally held by the Ohio Open Carry group Saturday afternoon.

Following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer who shot John Crawford III, the group scheduled the open carry walk and protest in front of the Beavercreek store. The group said it was an effort to show solidarity with the Crawford family and protest the Beavercreek Police Department’s policies.

Crawford was shot and killed August 5 when he picked up a BB gun from a store shelf and carried it around the store.

About 40 people came out Saturday to support the rally. Some carried signs reading “I am John Crawford” and “Serve and Protect. Not Serve to Kill”.

To date, there have been dozens of protests following the Walmart shooting. 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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