#CRAWFORDDAY TWITTER STORM
When: August 5th 12-2pm CST/ 1-3pmEST/ 10am-12pm PST
until September 5th.
On August 5, 2014, A young man by the name of John Crawford picked up an un-packaged BB/pellet air rifle inside the store's sporting goods section and continued shopping in the store. Another customer, Ronald Ritchie, called 911. According to Ritchie at the time, Crawford was pointing the gun at people and at children walking by, and messing with the gun. Ronald Ritchie has since recanted, stating “At no point did he shoulder the rifle and point it at somebody”. Two officers of the Beavercreek Police arrived at the Walmart shortly after their dispatcher informed them of a "subject with a gun" in the pet supplies area of the store and Crawford was shot. His last words were, "It's not real!"
Police contend that John ignored their commands but the surviellance video shows that John was on his cell phone at the time with his back turned to the officers. He was not given any time to respond to verbal commands.
Immediately following the shooting police aggressively questioned Crawford's girlfriend, Tasha Thomas*, threatening her with jail time. The interrogation caused her to sob uncontrollably, with hostile questions suggesting she was drunk or on drugs when she stated that Crawford did not enter the store with a gun. She was not yet aware of Crawford's death at the time of the interrogation.
Ritchie has never apologized for lying nor offered condolences to the Crawford family. Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon has yet to offer condolences to the family or apologize for the loss of John's life in one of his stores, where John Crawford was shopping.
This August, one year later we are still seeking justice. The Justice Department is still conducting its own investigation. It is time to apply pressure!
* Tasha Thomas was killed in a car crash earlier this year. John and Tasha's child has been left without a mother and a father.
Below are all the tools you need to join the twitter storm beginning on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Tweet @Walmart @Obama @DoJ and any celebrities or politicians.
The goal of the Twitter Storm is:
Demand Walmart CEO Douglas McMillon issue an apology and offer condolences to the Crawford Family.
Demand Charges be brought against the caller Ronald Ritchie for inducing a panic!!
Demand the DoJ bring charges
Demand a plaque built in the ground in front of Walmart in Breevcreak Ohio.
Demand justice for Crawford and Justice for All!
Highlight that Black Lives Matter!
USE THESE HASHTAGS:
#CrawfordDay #WeCantShop #JusticeForAll #NoChargesNoProfit #CrawfordMonth
Police said John ignored demands, but video disputes this. Walmart refused to release the tapes. #CrawfordDay #WeCantShop #BoycottWalmart
Police brutally interrogated John Crawford's gf immediately after the shooting. Watch here #CrawfordDay
@Walmart @OhioAG refused to release the tapes of the fatal shooting of #JohnCrawford #WeCantShop #NoChargesNoProfit
Angela Williams, died after suffering a heart attack while fleeing from the shooting. Death was ruled a homicide.
Ronald Ritchie told 911 dispatcher that he was pointing the gun at shoppers which was a lie. Demand charges be brought to him #WeCantShop
Demand charges be brought to Ronald Ritchie who incited police panic leading to #JohnCrawford 's death. #CrawfordDay (add photo of Ronald Ritchie)
Walmart CEO never offered condolences to the family of John Crawford. A customer in his store. #IAMJOHNCRAWFORD #WeCantShop #CrawfordDay
Demand CEO Douglas Mcmillon stand with us and offer condolences to the Crawford family. #CrawfordDay #WeCantShop (Add CEO Photo)
Demand CEO Douglas Mcmillon stand with us and offer condolences to the Crawford family. #CrawfordDay #WeCantShop #BoycottWalmart
Charge Ronald Ritchie for inciting panic! @Walmart @DoJ @OBama #CrawfordDay #JohnCrawford #WeCantShop
Sean Williams officer who shot JohnCrawford is emotionally unstable. #CrawfordDay #NoChargesNoProfit #BoycottWalmart (Add Sean Williams photo)
John was a young father and his life was taken by inherrent racism. @Walmart #WeCantShop #CrawfordDay
@Walmart CEO has refused to acknowledge the death of a consumer in their store. It could be you! #WeCantShop #CrawfordDay #BoycottWalmart
@OBama we demand charges against Ronald Ritchie and officers who murdered #JOhnCrawford for an unpackaged TOY gun.
@DoJ we demand charges against Ronald Ritchie and officers who murdered #JohnCrawford for an unpackaged TOY gun.
Six facts about the murder of #JohnCrawford, killed in a Walmart holding a Walmart toy gun by a cop charged w/nothing (Add photo of facts)
America, where #Cecilthelion gets more justice than a Black man carrying a toy. #WeCantShop #CrawfordDay #JohnCrawford
Full video of #JohnCrawford shot by police for a toy gun. @Obama @Walmart #WeCantShop #BoycottWalmart #JusticeforAll