Activists Plan Statehouse Rally to Protest Beavercreek Police Shooting
The Ohio Student Association asked Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers to fire Officer Sean Williams, who shot and killed Crawford inside a Walmart store in August, after a 9-1-1 caller claimed a man was waving a rifle at customers. They also demanded consequences for 9-1-1 caller Ronald Ritchie, and changes to police training.
James Hayes with the OSA said the group will now take its case to the state capitol.
“We’re also putting a call out to everyone around the state who is upset by what has happened -- not only today but for the last several months -- to come Columbus on Oct. 18 at noon," Hayes said. "To come to the statehouse, the seat of power, the place where laws are enacted and enforced in our state, to make our voices heard to the people who we have the power and responsibility to elect and hold accountable.”
The Beavercreek police department has said it will wait until a federal investigation is complete to consider any further action. Both officers involved in the shooting are back at work after a period of paid leave, although Sean Williams is now in a desk job.