Beavercreek Wal-Mart shooting protested in Cincinnati

People chanted "No justice, no peace," Monday outside the Hamilton County Court. (FOX19)
People chanted "No justice, no peace," Monday outside the Hamilton County Court. (FOX19)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - The family of the man shot and killed by police in a Beavercreek Wal-Mart stood with protesters Monday on the Hamilton County Courthouse steps and asked for justice to be served.

Last week a special grand jury in Greene County voted to not indict Sergeant David Darkow and Officer Sean Williams for the Aug. 5 shooting of John Crawford III.

The Wal-Mart surveillance video from the night Crawford was shot was released to the public after the special grand jury made their vote. After seeing the video for themselves, protestors believe even more strongly Crawford did nothing wrong.

"We demand fair and equal treatment," said Bishop Bobby Hilton.

Protestors want to see charges filed on the two officers and also the man who called 911 and told dispatch that Crawford had a gun pulled out, pointing it at people. The gun turned out to be an air rifle taken from the shelf.

"The 911 caller lied, flat out," said Nicole Taylor.

According to records from Miamiburg Municipal Court, Ronald Ritchie, the 9-1-1 caller, was fined $250 and given a year's probation after being convicted by the court of possession of drug paraphernalia.

"A lot of people are at fault with this, but guess what it will not bring this young man back," said Pamela Franklin, who was at the rally.

The Justice Department's civil rights division and the FBI will carry out a "thorough and independent review of the evidence" relating to the shooting death.

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