Beavercreek Cop Drives Cruiser Through Peaceful Candlelight Vigil For Mike Brown and John Crawford
This is a repost of an article originally published on the Counter Current News website, regarding the customer service received from one of the employees of the Beavercreek Police Department. It was received via the Cop Block Submissions page.
Date of Incident: November 25, 2014
Individuals Involved: Unidentified Beavercreek Police Supervisor
Outfit: Beavercreek (OH) Police Department
Area Cop Block Affiliate: Beavercreek Cop Block. (To find the appropriate affiliate in your area consult the Cop Block Groups page.)
THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is why so many people don’t like police officers.
As protesters all over the United States have gathered to voice their outrage over the Michael Brown verdict, activists in Beavercreek, Ohio gathered at the local Police Department to hold a candlelight vigil.
They said they were there to commemorate the untimely killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and also to connect the injustice of grand juries in both cities refusing to indict each respective police officer.
But as protesters gathered in a large circle in front of the Beavercreek Police Department, singing somber songs about innocent life lost, and taking a lengthy moment of silent reflection on the deaths of Michael Brown and John Crawford, a member of the Beavercreek Police Department decided that this was a great time to move his cruiser.
Watch the video below of this officer’s blatantly offensive behavior.
Counter Current News reporters filmed the entire disruption, and noted that the officer did not go out on patrol with the cruiser. He was not responding to an emergency. Instead, he simply moved the vehicle to another part of the parking lot.
When the retiring Chief Evers saw our reporters filming this, he came over and spoke with us, as well as fellow Alternative Media Syndicate partners with the Greene County Herald.
Evers did not comment on the officer’s actions, but he was cordial and noted that he had no problem with protesters assembling at the Police Department in this manner. He said that activists could do this “every day” and that he saw the assembly as respectful.
We asked Chief Evers to sit down with us at a later date, for a public interview where we can go frame by frame and discuss the John Crawford shooting video. He noted that there are some legal concerns that he has to navigate before this can happen, but he did not rule it out for a later date.
We reported back in October that Chief Evers is retiring after only a couple of years on the Beavercreek Police Department. He reaffirmed his previous statements that this is unrelated to the controversy over Officer Sean William’s shooting of John Crawford. Unfortunately, not all Beavercreek officers could be as respectful of the vigil honoring the loss of life as Chief Evers.
Because of the somber nature of the event, we refrained from exacerbating the disruption by seeking further identification of the officer in the video about. It is clear to us, however, that actions like this further estrange police from the communities they purport to serve – a notion we conveyed to Chief Evers.
(Article by Moreh B.D.K.)
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