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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.

Beavercreek Police Driving Through Peaceful Candlelight Virgil For John Crawford and Mike BrownDate of Incident: November 25, 2014
Individuals Involved: Unidentified Beavercreek Police Supervisor
Outfit: Beavercreek (OH) Police Department
Phone: 937-426-1225
Email: [email protected]
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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Stanley L. Gibson Candlight Vigil: June 12, 2012

A memorial candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday June 12, 2012 for Stanley L. Gibson, who was recently murdered by a member of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. June 12th marks six months since Stanley, a disabled Iraq War vet suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, depression and other conditions related to his time in the Army, was shot while sitting unarmed in his car by Jesus Arevalo, of LVMPD. (see map below for location of the vigil)

Details of the vigil (via FaceBook):

Date:Tuesday June 12, 2012

Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm

Location: 2541 N. Rainbow (the back gate area of the Alondra Apts)

Rondha Gibson will host a candlelight vigil in honor of her husband Stan L. Gibson, who was murdered on 12/12/11 by  LVMPD. This event is open to all that want to join in our moment of silence for our fallen husband, brother, son, friend, soldier, etc. Our motto is and always will be “NEVER FORGET.’ Some day we may forgive, but we will never forget. The vigil will consist of those who knew and loved Stanley speaking about his life and what he meant to them and a call for accountability from LVMPD and those responsible for his killing to be brought to justice.

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Stanley Gibson was killed while looking for his apartment in the early hours of December 12, 2011. At the time, he was suffering from PTSD and cancer and had been unable to get medication he was supposed to be taking due to bureaucratic roadblocks within the VA hospital. He had become confused and was likely suffering a panic attack, which resulted in him ending up at the wrong apartment complex. after responding to a report of someone trying to break into an apartment, police confronted Stanley and eventually blocked his car with two police cruisers, immobilizing it.

During a resulting standoff, in which Stanley was unresponsive to commands to exit the vehicle, cops on the scene devised a plan to force him out by firing a shotgun loaded with a beanbag round through his back window and then following up with tear gas. In spite of knowing about this plan, Jesus Arevalo reacted to the shooting of the beanbag round by firing seven rounds of live ammo into Stanley’s back with a AR-15 automatic assault rifle. The entire time leading up to the deadly shots being fired Stanley was fully visible, his vehicle was immobilized, and he was unarmed.

Six months later, many questions persist regarding the necessity of an armed response to the situation, the use of military grade weapons by police, and why Ofc. Arevalo has been sitting at home essentially on paid vacation, rather than being punished for his actions that day.

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