by Nick Swartsell
4 days ago
Posted In: News
at 05:12 PM | Permalink
Suit names officers, Beavercreek police chief and Walmart
The family of John Crawford III, the 22-year-old Fairfield man a Beavercreek police officer shot Aug. 5 in a Walmart, is filing a lawsuit against Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers, officers Sean Williams and David Darkow and the Walmart corporation, the family’s lawyers announced today via a news release. Officer Williams shot Crawford, a Fairfield resident who grew up in Cincinnati, in the Walmart after another customer, Ronald Ritchie, called 911 to report a man loading a gun and pointing it at customers in the store. Ritchie later contradicted that statement in interviews with the media, stating Crawford wasn’t actually pointing the gun at anyone. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun sold by Walmart. Video footage of the event released by Attorney General Mike DeWine weeks later does not conclusively show Crawford threatening anyone with the weapon.A grand jury on Sept. 24 declined to indict Williams for the shooting. Many have drawn parallels between Crawford’s death and the Aug. 9 police shooting of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Brown was unarmed when officer Darren Wilson shot and killed him. The incident has sparked months of protests and civil unrest in Ferguson and across the country. Those protests intensified when a St. Louis County grand jury announced Nov. 24 that it would not indict Wilson.The Crawford family’s lawyers, as well as Crawford’s father John Crawford, Jr., will hold a press conference in Dayton tomorrow at 11 a.m. to discuss the details of the lawsuit.
The checkered past of two racially tense Midwestern suburbs
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Many have made parallels between the shooting of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer and
the killing of John Crawford III in a Beavercreek Walmart — but the racial tensions and local reactions surrounding the tragedies differ.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2014
An Ohio grand jury on Sept. 24 declined
to issue an indictment in the killing of John Crawford III, who was shot
in a Beavercreek Walmart by police Aug. 5.
by Rachel Podnar
Posted In: Labor Unions
at 12:12 PM | Permalink
Employees to walk out of Ferguson Road store during rally at 4:30 p.m.
illegal firings, low wages and erratic scheduling, Walmart workers are taking a
stand this afternoon in Cincinnati by walking off their jobs.
will protest outside the Walmart on Ferguson Road at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon with
Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, according to a press release sent out this morning.
strike is part of a larger strike movement happening in 20 cities across the
country this week, leading up to the annual shareholder meeting.
is this Friday and hundreds of worker shareholders are making the trip to
Arkansas as part of a union-backed workers group called OUR Walmart. They
plan to request a living wage and family-sustaining jobs, calling for the new CEO
Doug McMillion to “take the company in a new direction,” the press release
Walmart worker is paid less than $25,000 a year. According to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics, the average retail worker makes only $21,000 per year and
cashiers even less.
employees say they have to rely on food stamps while their company received
$7.8 billion in tax breaks and subsidies in 2013.
advocates for a $25,000 base salary for all employees.
“A minimum $25,000 salary at Walmart would not only
help families, it would boost job creation, consumer spending, and the
company’s bottom-line,” the press release said.
employer is currently on trial for worker rights violations involving firing
workers who went on strike last year at the company’s annual shareholder
largest and most profitable corporation is also tightening its belt; Walmart
took $740 million out of its cost structure in the past year because its
operating income grew faster than sales.
had to make some changes lately in response to worker’s claims.
the pregnancy policy was updated after an OUR Walmart campaign, allowing for
more accommodations for pregnant women.
the retailer changed its internal scheduling system, making it easier for
part-time workers to pick up extra shifts online.
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Department Store with DJs Proves Too Futuristic for Cincinnatians; Plans Move
Saks Fifth Avenue’s Fifth Street location
downtown will relocate to Sycamore Township after years of Cincinnati
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Forests in China are suffering from huge surges in
disposable wooden chopstick demand; the country produces 80 billion
chopsticks per year — equivalent to the destruction of 20 million
20-year-old trees. WORLD -2
National organization leads employee protests and strikes against Walmart
1 Comment · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
If you’re planning on buying a flat-screen
at Walmart this Black Friday, you might just witness a flash mob by
fed-up Walmart employees who are calling for higher wages and greater
respect for the 1.3 million associates that work in the U.S.
0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Germany’s Der Spiegel reported
today that during 2011 German police shot only 85 bullets, and most
weren’t even aimed at humans. Out of 85 bullets fired, 49 were warning
shots. These numbers make it seem like it might be possible to greatly
reduce the number of times per year in this country a person gets shot
to death by the police in a situation where it seems like other
resolutions could have been reached.
Big Business tries 'local washing' to mislead consumers
1 Comment · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Hoping to capitalize on growing public enthusiasm for all things local, some of the world's biggest corporations are brashly laying claim to the word "local." This new variation on corporate "green washing" — local washing — is, like the "buy local" movement itself, most advanced in the context of food. Even Wal-Mart is getting in on the act, hanging bright green banners over its produce aisles that simply say "Local."
0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
According to a report from the AP, Apple and the four major music conglomerates are hashing out a plan to enhance sales of full album downloads. With the rise of iTunes and other legal download services, music fans have chosen to download single tracks over full-lengths, meaning less money for the cash-strapped music industry.