Beavercreek cops block intersections for march along North Fairfield
Hundreds of protesters shouted, sang and marched for three hours in the heart of industrial Beavercreek Saturday, anchoring their call for racial justice in the parking lot of the Walmart shop where John Crawford III was shot almost 6 years ago.
Dayton-area resident Asia Gibbs, who described herself as an “executive director of the solution movement,” informed the hundreds who put together in the Walmart parking area, “Take a moment to ask yourself, ‘Why am I here?'”
” If you’re here to get street cred, go home, get in your cars and truck, and I will act as if I never saw you,” Gibbs included.
The “march for justice” made its method on east Pentagon Boulevard before turning south on North Fairfield Roadway, crossing east at Kemp Road, then receding once again north on Fairfield prior to returning to Walmart at 3360 Pentagon.
At each crossway, Beavercreek authorities blocked traffic so protesters could march through.
The rally was one of lots of across the nation following the May 25 death of George Floyd, an African American male, in the custody of Minneapolis police.
Starting the event at Walmart provided organizers an opportunity to advise marchers of Crawford III.
The 22- year-old Crawford III, a Fairfield homeowner, was shot to death in August 2014 by Beavercreek policeman Sean Williams after a 911 caller told dispatchers a black guy was carrying a rifle around the Walmart store.
Crawford was holding a Crosman MK-177 BB/pellet rifle that he discovered unboxed on a store rack.
Last month, the city of Beavercreek settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the household of John Crawford III.
” State his name,” marchers yelled numerous times throughout the protest. “John Crawford.”
” I require you men to call (Beavercreek police) and say, ‘Why haven’t these people (policemans) been fired,'” one speaker insisted during the rally
In Dayton’s McIntosh Park Saturday afternoon, a “protestival” combined pleasure and indignation, echoing other calls for justice.
A smaller group gathered at the park for consuming and listening to music off West Riverview Avenue.
” The message for today that we’re actually pushing is joy,” Ronald Forest said there. “In this state of time, it’s truly tough for African Americans to feel delight, to feel happy with what we have, of what we’re seeing. It’s extremely essential to not let this slip, to not forget that.”
” Utilizing your happiness as a form of demonstration is simply as strong as marching,” he added.
Saturday was a day for rallies. In downtown Xenia, four individuals stood outside the Greene County courthouse with indications and flags, showing assistance for continuing to open organisations and opening Ohio schools as normal in August and September.
Throughout the state, Ohio and regional education leaders are battling with when and how to begin the new academic year, struggling to fix up education with ongoing worries of COVID-19
For Ohio students, social distancing required in-school learning to end in mid-March, moving education online, with parents and observers arguing about the outcomes.
” This was supposed to be 2 to 3 weeks to slow the spread, to not overwhelm the hospitals,” Beavercreek resident Jen Stephenson said in Xenia. “Why are we still doing this?”
” These kids have suffered enough,” Bruce Hull said.
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