BEAVERCREEK, Ohio (WDTN) — Police responded to the Beavercreek Walmart following a massive “die-in” inside the store Saturday.
“No justice no peace!” some chanted Saturday afternoon.
More than one hundred protesters took to the Beavercreek Walmart Saturday afternoon in support of John Crawford III. Supporters organized a peaceful “die in” in the pet aisle.
“It was peaceful. No one was talking to anybody. We were just sitting there,” stated protester David Ross.
John Crawford III was shot and killed by Beavercreek police after he grabbed a pellet gun and carried it around the store back in August.
After rally-goers entered Walmart Saturday, the store was evacuated.
“Within minutes they began to see us come in. And within minutes they began to evacuate the store,” described Ross.
Protesters said shutting down that’s a victory.
“This is supposed to be the second busiest shopping day of the season. And we wanted to shut that place down,” said Rev. Jerome McCorry. “We do matter. We do count, and there’s no better way to show it than in folks’ pocketbooks.”
A Walmart spokesperson said the store made the decision to close for a short period of time for safety and security reasons.
“They fear what they don’t understand and that’s what’s wrong,” said Ross.
Police from several different jurisdictions responded to disperse the crowd. Officers warned people to keep moving or they’d be arrested.
Folks trickled outside of the store and held signs reading, “white silence equals white consent,” “honk for racial justice,” and “black lives matter.”
Some were arrested.
Protesters said they won’t stop until their voices are heard.
“You’ll see some more action before Christmas day, I can promise you that,” warned McCorry.
Beavercreek Police have not yet released a statement about the die in and some of the arrests made. They said the earliest they would speak is sometime in the next week.