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Dayton 'Black Lives Matter' protesters to appear in court today
The arrests followed protests in December over the shooting of an unarmed black man last year

Ten protesters arrested in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek in December will have a pretrial hearing in Greene County this morning. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports.
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Twelve people with the Black Lives Matter movement were arrested on Christmas Eve at Fairfield Commons Mall. The protesters went into the middle of Christmas shopping crowds and unfurled a banner calling for Justice for John Crawford III.

Crawford, who was black, was shot and killed by a white police officer inside the nearby Beavercreek Walmart in August. The two officers involved in the shooting were not indicted by a Greene County grand jury.

Data on race and police violence are scarce. But one study by journalism organization ProPublica found young black men in the U.S. are 21 times more likely to be shot and killed by police than their white counterparts.

The ten demonstrators on trial today pled not guilty to trespassing and obstructing justice. At least some say they didn’t intend to get arrested.

They’ll get a hearing in Fairborn Municipal Court, which their lawyer says could end in a plea bargain or in plans for a trial.
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