Protests have been planned for tonight in some Dayton-area suburbs, including Centerville and Beavercreek, in response to the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody last week.
Organizers will hold a protest tonight in Centerville starting at 6 p.m. at Stubbs Park on Spring Valley Pike, Centerville police said in a Facebook post Monday afternoon. The protest is expected to continue north on the sidewalk of South Main Street towards the main intersection in Centerville at South Main and Franklin streets.
“City staff has been in contact with the organizers of the event. We expect a peaceful protest, and our Centerville Police Department will be staffed to help protect everyone involved,” a police spokesperson said in the message.
A protest is also planned in Beavercreek for 4 p.m., as a sit-in at the intersection of North Fairfield Road and Pentagon Boulevard.
A Beavercreek police spokesperson told News Center 7 they were also aware of the planned protest will have officers there to ensure the safety of the public.
Social media posts suggest the protest is related to the 2014 fatal shooting of John Crawford by Officer Sean Williams. The incident occurred at the Walmart on Pentagon Boulevard, after a 9-1-1 caller reported that Crawford was carrying a rifle, which was later identified as a pellet gun.
The city of Beavercreek settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the Crawford family just last month.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley told News Center 7′s Mike Campbell she is aware of a planned protest in downtown Dayton Monday evening, however she said a curfew is not expected for tonight. However she did not rule out the possibility that a curfew could be placed in effect, if it becomes needed.
We’ll continue to update this story as new details become available.
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