The “Ferguson”/”I Can’t Breathe”/#BlackLivesMatter movements took the streets yet again on Monday in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday under the banner of #ReclaimMLK. Nationwide, thousands marched in the fashion of those freedom fighting during the Civil Rights Movement to show solidarity against police brutality and excessive force in America. One group in California’s Bay Area protested in a local Walmart in the name of John Crawford by slapping warning stickers, with Crawford’s face on them, on toy guns being sold in the store.
John Crawford was one of the many killed this summer by police. He was in a Walmart in Beavercreek, OH with his girlfriend one night. They separated from each other and Crawford was filmed walking around the Walmart with a toy gun. Police were alerted by a prank caller and two Beavercreek police officers ran into the store and shot Crawford dead on site as he was on his cell phone. The shooting cause a stampede in the Walmart and another woman was killed in the fracas. Both officers were cleared of any wrong doing.
The warning stickers placed on the toy guns were yellow and white like regular warning labels, but they featured the widespread image of John Crawford with the words: “Persons of color picking up this object may be subject to serious injury or death at the hands of Walmart and police.”
Activists in Beavercreek have met this protest with rousing approval and requested that more of the stickers be produced and dispersed throughout the nation for more activists to put on the toy guns and BB guns in Walmart. It is truly one of the more creative forms of protests we’ve seen lately.