Protesters mark year since fatal police shooting in Wal-Mart

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Posted: Aug 05, 2015 8:29 PM
Protesters mark year since fatal police shooting in Wal-Mart

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Dozens of protesters have staged a "die-in" outside a closed Ohio Wal-Mart to mark one year since a white police officer fatally shot a black man holding an air rifle on sale inside the store.

The group also carried a black coffin in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek. The store closed ahead of the protest Wednesday evening.

John Crawford III was shot last Aug. 5 after a 911 caller reported someone waving a gun. Crawford had picked up an air rifle from a shelf.

Police say he didn't respond to orders to drop the weapon, but his family contends he had no chance to respond. A grand jury concluded the shooting was justified. Federal authorities are still reviewing the case.