Protests were organized Monday night in some Dayton-area suburbs, including Centerville and Beavercreek, in response to the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody last week.
A protest was underway in Beavercreek at the intersection of North Fairfield Road and Pentagon Boulevard.
Police appeared to release tear gas on the protesters.
Officers later in the evening removed their tactical gear and took a knee in solidarity with those demonstrating.
“It’s just a beautiful thing and I’m happy to be a part of it," said Corey Parks of Englewood.
The city of Beavercreek issued a curfew, in affect from 8 p.m to 6 a.m.
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.
Ahead of the protest, the Beavercreek Walmart closed around 3 p.m., News Center 7′s Sean Cudahy confirmed.
The city of Beavercreek settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the Crawford family just last month.
Organizers held 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 continued north on the sidewalk of South Main Street towards the main intersection in Centerville at South Main and Franklin streets.
The protest came as a collaboration by police and protesters. Police say they couldn’t have asked for it to go better.
A protest also took place in Miami County as community members gather in downtown Troy at the courthouse.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley told News Center 7′s Mike Campbell she is aware of a planned protest in downtown Dayton Monday evening, however a curfew is not expected for tonight. Whaley 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.