YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Youngstown woman will be leading a three-day rally and demonstration next week near Dayton to protest what she says was the racially motivated shooting of an unarmed man last month in western Ohio.
Police in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek shot and killed John Crawford on August 15 while he was inside the store.
Authorities believed Crawford was armed but he was carrying a pellet gun.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s staff is looking into the case.
Youngstown resident Eartha Terrell, who leads the Ohio Organizing Collaborative, is calling it a case of murder.
“The consequences of this racism is targeting young black youth and killing them. And so we are fighting for justice and we are fighting for the opportunity to say our lives matter,” Terrell said.
On Monday, members of the collaborative will lead a pilgrimage from the Beavercreek Walmart to Xenia, where they plan to “occupy” the area near the Greene County Courthouse.
Terrell claims the shooting of Crawford and the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri are part of a much bigger national problem that needs to be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.