Anonymous Joins Cop Block in Armed Protest to Support Police Violence Victim John Crawford

October 5, 2014   |   Justin King

Justin King
October 4, 2014

(TheAntiMedia) Beavercreek, Ohio – Activists from several organizations came together to show their support for John Crawford, a man killed by the Beavercreek Police Department while holding a pellet rifle inside of Wal-Mart. He apparently planned to purchase the BB gun.

A telephone call to 911 by a man who has repeatedly changed his story about the events led to officers being dispatched to Wal-mart. The department claims they were worried about an active shooter. Of course, even the least observant officer should have noticed as they barreled through the store that shoppers were not fleeing a gunman in panic. They were going about their shopping routines.

The participants in the march crossed all racial, religious, and political lines.

The participants in the march crossed all racial, religious, and political lines.

After finding Crawford, the officers told him to drop the BB gun, then immediately opened fire and killed him. Even if the rifle had been real, under Ohio state law, Crawford was not committing a crime. He certainly did not deserve a summary execution. He was reportedly on the phone with loved ones who listened in horror to Crawford’s last minutes. Elsewhere in the store, a woman suffered a heart attack because of police gunfire. She did not recover.

Despite video demonstrating the careless and reckless behavior of the officers, the Grand Jury has failed to indict, which has sparked outrage across the sleepy community. Even though the feds have decided to probe the event, locals who have seen officers get away with murder all across the country are not hopeful.

This is the second time Crawford’s killer has shot and killed someone. Officer Sean Williams shot and killed a retired Air Force Master Sergeant in 2010. Scott A. Brogli was gunned down despite being “too intoxicated to do anything.” Williams claimed that the man that was drunk on the floor jumped up and charged him with a knife. There were no witnesses other than members of the thin blue line. Unsurprisingly, the Grand Jury didn’t charge him then either. In the small community police department’s entire history, there have been two killings by officers. The same officer was the shooter in both instances.

Locals are aware of the officer’s reputation and posted a mock wanted poster of the cop.

A wanted poster for the killer of John Crawford. Credit: Justin King

A wanted poster for the killer of John Crawford. Credit: Justin King

Activists from Anonymous, Cop Block, Ohio Open Cary, and unaffiliated citizens from all races and walks of life joined together to express their sympathies and solidarity with the Crawford family. Those driving past the demonstration honked their horns in support. The driver of one vehicle with a “thin blue line” sticker extended his middle finger to the crowd. Many took the opportunity to demonstrate with firearms in support of Ohio’s open carry law. The law makes it legal to openly carry a firearm in the state. It should have saved young John Crawford, but officers were out for blood rather than justice. They made no attempt to assess the situation and were not acting in good faith to preserve law and order; they were attempting to be action heroes. In the end, their quest to be tacticool cost the lives of two innocent people.

It doesn’t matter what the Grand Jury says, the very fact that an officer made a mistake that cost two people their lives should be grounds to fire him. Unfortunately, Beavercreek PD is behaving just like the Grand Jury. The department is covering up for its employees at the expense of justice and the community’s faith in the police department. In the end, the only “punishment” William is likely to face is a taxpayer-funded paid leave. Citizens can cling to the fact that the “thin blue line” protected itself because they have such a dangerous job.

From 1791 to 2014 the Officer Down Memorial Page reports that not a single Beavercreek cop has been killed in the line of duty. In Beavercreek it is more dangerous to go to Wal-Mart than it is to be a cop. More accurately, it is more dangerous to have contact with Officer Sean Williams.

Anonymous activists participating in the I am John Crawford March.

Anonymous activists participating in the I am John Crawford March.

A safety reminder for participants. Credit: Justin King

A safety reminder for participants. Credit: Justin King

Cop Block Columbus demonstrated their support.

Cop Block Columbus demonstrated their support.

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Author: Justin King

Justin King joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include activism, human rights, international relations, and military affairs. Born in Japan, he currently resides in the United States.

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45 Comments

  1. More murder by cops, how many more people have to die needlessly before the people put an end to this shit?

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  2. Um, and he didn't drop it after they drew down on him and told him to?

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  3. so, I checked and yes another person died in that store, a woman, from a heart attack IT WAS EVEN RULED AN HOMICIDE but because its the cops you know nothing happenned about it, they shoved it under the rug, as i just learned about it lol

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  4. If you watch the video they're wax literally 1 second between when they told him to drop it and shot him. Not really enough time to do anything. He was also on the phone when he was ambushed

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  5. Uuuummm, kind of easy to be disoriented for a second or two when cops show up out of the blue and start barking incoherently at you.

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  6. Did you watch the video John Trevarthen? Or are you just assuming that because the officer fired his weapon that he must have had a decent reason. There was not even a reason to CALL the police, let alone shoot the man to death. And what about the woman who died from the heart attack? Just collateral damage?

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  7. It's pretty obvious these grand juries are not getting the truth, or the full story.

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  8. Or they're handpicked by a lottery system that isn't random

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  9. Spoken like a defender of the thin blue line.

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  10. Were is the rules of ingaugment for cops

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  11. read and sign please

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  12. I'm all for a law requiring law enforcement to carry liability insurance, much like doctors carry malpractice insurance, it might just be a good start to curbing this police state.

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  13. How long before people just start wasting cops on sight like they seem to doing more and more to us. Im not for that mind you. But im also not for being worried about dying when i come into contact with a peace officer either. Itll be a bad day when enough people have had enough. They talk gun control , start with the cop. Start bringing criminals like these state protected murderes to justice. And im not talkin holders justice either.

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  14. Chad Ehrnriter I signed it, but it's not showing anybody's sigs but yours. Here's to the petition's success.

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  15. cops aren't like gangs . cops ARE gangs

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  16. The problem is that based on the 911 call it can be argued the police arrived on the scene with the expectation of danger and an armed gun men was in the store. The real person in this case that should be indicted on charges is the liar who called 911. He is the reason this happened and he is responsible for the death of an innocent man.

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  17. James Lahoda It doesn't make what the cops did right, they didn't even give him a chance to put down the BB gun and had no reason to shoot, like it said "even a least observant" officer could have seen that there was no threat.

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  18. A grand jury, unlike a trial jury is supposed to hear evidence only from the prosecutor not the defense. In these cases, teh prosecutor presents the defense as well. In this case they were shown all the tapes, but the tape was stopped the instant the cops made contact with the man shot, then two minutes of other 911 calls were played, then they were shown the shooting. This created in the minds of the jurors the impression that more time had passed, that the shots were not fired immediately upon stating"drop your weapon" but that a moment had passed between these events.

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  19. Thomas Kritzer Which means the prosecutor manipulates the evidence to suit their needs. Does the term Kangaroo court ring a bell?

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  20. Kurt Laduron Sr. Precisely. I have lived here (just west of the Beavercreek city line) more than half my life and never missed an election, yet never once have I been called to jury duty. They don't want radical free thinkers in their system.

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  21. Ok i just want to add one thing, you copblock guys and Anonymous should take into comsideration of changing your language on this. Police violence. When i think of violence i think of physical assault or something. If i did what these cops did it would be murder. Ive never been real pc so wouldnt it raise awareness more calling it what it is? I understand the backlash of bieng called nuts, fringe and crazy. But hey these are crazy times are they not?

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  22. Where are the rules of engagement for cops?

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  23. Caitlyn Maureen Rodgers Im not saying what happened is right. Just the reason why it didn't go past the grand jury.

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  24. A GOOD COP IS A DEAD ONE.

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  25. I like the last 2 safety tips and requests. Really shows how much you don't respect these cops who enforce unjust laws.

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  26. never happen, nor would you want in the current system. It would work very well in a free market society.

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  27. This killer-cop is VERY LUCKY that nobody has put an addition of "dead" to the notion wanted and a price on the "mock" poster.

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  28. Signed and shared

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  29. people need to shoot and kill thugs with badges.

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  30. James Lahoda So with that logic, spoons are the reason people get fat and cars are the reason drunks kill people. The cops were negligent end of story. Speaking as someone who carried a firearm for a living, their use of delay force was clearly unjustified and negligent. The cop also clearly has mental issues. Normal humans will do anything NOT to pull the trigger unless they absolutely have to. That there is pure killer instinct that can closely be related on psychiatric evaluations to people who like to harm animals for fun. Sorry but the officer is not right in the head.

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  31. They only concentrate on areas that will justify the cops actions. I was involved in the James Chasse death in custody in Portland Or some years ago and the grand jury didn't want to hear the truth, only asked questions that would justify the killing of James. Sickens me nothing has been done to curb LOE public executions.

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  32. I have been on Grand Jury duty. The DA comes in, gives evidence, facts and background on the case – all from his perspective. The DA tries to bend the story in a way that makes it go the way they want. The one I was on had no cop ones, mostly drugs and dwi

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  33. This is the second time this trigger happy murderer killed in the past 4 years. He's not a cop, he's a stone cold serial killer. Ohio jas bred many serial killers.

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  34. Vocoolbulary for today; "tacticool" lol. FTP✊

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  35. You can't have ordered law without law and order

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  36. I shared this with Cop Block and with – Police the Police – (A Community Project)

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