Police respond to protest at Walmart


Associated Press

BEAVERCREEK, OHIO

Police in Southwest Ohio have responded to a protest at a Walmart store where a young man was killed by police in August.

A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. spokesman says the store in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek was closed temporarily Saturday afternoon for the safety of shoppers and employees. Spokesman Brian Nick said the store reopened after less than two hours.

A message was left Saturday for Beavercreek police.

Protesters had said they were staging a “die-in” demanding justice for John Crawford III. Crawford was shot Aug. 5 while carrying an air rifle in the store. Police said they believed he had a real firearm.

A grand jury concluded the shooting was justified. Crawford’s family Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit charging negligence and violation of the 22-year-old man’s civil rights.

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