DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — More than 200 people gathered at a rally remembering a man fatally shot by police two years ago inside a southwest Ohio Wal-Mart.
The event Saturday afternoon in Dayton honored John Crawford III, a black man from Fairfield.
A 911 caller had reported a man waving a gun at the Beavercreek store. It was actually an air rifle from a shelf. Police say he refused to drop it.
The officer wasn’t charged, in one of a series of cases around the nation raising concern about police encounters with black men.
Speakers encouraged attendees to keep Crawford in their thoughts, call for justice and vote.
The rally came two days after the attorney for the Crawford family called for a conclusion to the U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the shooting.