Protesters rally at Beavercreek Police Department

Protesters rally at Beavercreek Police Department
John Crawford, file photo
John Crawford, file photo

BEAVERCREEK, OH (FOX19) - Dozens have been protesting outside the Beavercreek Police Department all week in response to the ruling in the deadly officer-involved shooting of John Crawford.

The sheriff's office and two local police departments showed up on Wednesday in case things got out of control, but it was a peaceful protest throughout the day

Members of the Ohio Student Association have made the police department their home since Monday. At one point Wednesday, the department locked its doors and forced the protesters outside, leaving their belongings inside. Later in the night, police returned everything in boxes and plastic bags.

"A lot of people get arrested everyday but very few people shut down a police department," said James Hayes, a member of OSA.

Last month a grand jury decided that the Beavercreek police officers would not be indicted for fatally shooting John Crawford, who was holding an air rifle BB gun in a Wal-Mart.

Hayes says the student association is upset the Beavercreek police chief hasn't done anything himself to discipline Officer Sean Williams, the one who shot Crawford.

"What happened to John Crawford happens all over the state, all over the country all the time and too often those names are forgotten and we were worried that John Crawford's would be forgotten too unless people were willing to take action," said Hayes.

[Related: No indictment for officers in Beavercreek Wal-Mart shooting]

OSA had a chance to sit down with Chief Grile, where they demanded answers on the future of Officer Williams and potential changes in future training for these types of incidents.

"He is the chief of police and so he has some power here and we just weren't going to stand by with him saying there's nothing he can do," said Malaya Davis.

The city and police requested a review of the incident from the FBI and DOJ and they said in a statement, "until all reviews are completed and findings available for review, Officer Williams' status is unchanged" and that the state oversees all training methods.

"What we ultimately want to see is a shift in the relationship of power between the community and law enforcement," said Hayes.

Below is the full statement from the Beavercreek Police Department:

"Representatives of the Ohio Student Association (OSA) and the Beavercreek Police Department met last Friday and again today to discuss areas of mutual interest surrounding the Walmart incident. The dialogue provided both sides with a better understanding of the positions of each organization.

Regarding the OSA's first concern involving Officer Williams, the city and police department previously requested a review by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice. Until all reviews are completed and findings available for review, Officer Williams' status is unchanged. He will remain in his current administrative assignment and will have no interaction with the public.

With regard to the concern involving Ronald Ritchie's involvement, this investigation was conducted by BCI and not the City of Beavercreek.

Regarding the OSA's concern involving law enforcement training, the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission oversees training and curriculum requirements for peace officers in the state of Ohio. The commission sets the state's peace officer training and compliance standards.

In the interests of all involved, we request the FBI and the DOJ expedite their review of this case."

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