The Rev. Al Sharpton has been invited to a community rally to be held outside of the Beavercreek Walmart on Saturday, Aug. 30. The event is in response to the fatal police-involved shooting death of 22-year-old John Crawford III at the store Aug. 5, according to Tommy Owens Jr., a community activist.
“It is to bring awareness to what is going on and let people in Greene County and let Walmart know we are very concerned,” Owens said.
He is an independent contractor for Michael Wright, an attorney for Crawford’s father John Crawford Jr.
Crawford family members are expected to attend the rally, planned for 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Voice mail and email messages seeking comments were left for Jacqueline Johnson, spokeswoman for Sharpton and The National Action Network, his nonprofit organization.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office is leading the investigation into the shooting.
Amaha Selassie, a community activist helping organize events related to Crawford’s case, said the rally’s goals include pushing for involvement from federal investigators, encouraging the release of videos showing the shooting and that Walmart change its policies related to air rifles like the one police said Crawford carried when he was shot and killed.
“We are pushing for Walmart to lock up the BB guns or not sell them,” he said. “We want to make sure a tragedy like this will not happen again.”
He said another rally is being planned for Sept. 3 as is a town hall meeting.
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