In Ohio, protests over police shooting of black man in Walmart

Echoes of Ferguson, Mo.? In Columbus, Ohio, some 100 people protested Monday for a video to be released that shows the recent killing of a black man waving an air rifle at a Walmart store.

A crowd of about 100 people gathered outside of the Ohio attorney general's office to call for the release of store security video in the fatal police shooting of a black man at a Dayton-area Wal-Mart.

Organizers tell the Dayton Daily News they want to see what happened on Aug. 5 when 21-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by police. Officers say he refused to drop an air rifle inside a Wal-Mart store in Beavercreek.

Beavercreek police have not released a narrative beyond one with a one-line description, "Dispatched to Walmart for a disturbance/weapons complaint."

Monday night's rally was the third since the shooting. Also on Aug. 14, some Dayton-area residents joined with others across the nation in a National Moment of Silence. They held a vigil for Crawford and 37-year-old Angela Williams of Fairborn, who died of a medical episode after she tried to leave the Walmart when shots were fired.

The National Moment of Silence was a vigil has held in some 90 communities across the US to memorialized blacks killed by police action, reports Slate.

Online activist Feminista Jones organized the protests, collectively called National Moment of Silence 2014, in response to the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In Washington, more than 1,000 people—brought together almost entirely through social media—chanted, shared the stories of those who have died, and debated, often heatedly, the merits of nonviolent protest against police brutality.

The group that gathered Monday night in Columbus called for transparency in the Crawford investigation, which is being headed by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation, a branch of Attorney General Mike DeWine's office.

DeWine's spokeswoman Jill Del Greco says she's not aware of any plans to release video before the case is closed.


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