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Beech Grove mayor receives award after standing up against Walmart

"We don't want to fine you because we need money. We want you to curb your behavior, and be a good corporate citizen," said Mayor Dennis Buckley after declaring Walmart a public nuisance.
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BEECH GROVE, Ind. (WTHR) - Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley was honored today for taking a stand against Walmart. A stand that proved to be good for his city and the company itself.

It's being called the Expose Walmart tour. Today, the group honored Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley because in 2015, he passed an ordinance declaring Walmart a public nuisance based on the excessive number of police calls to the store.

"We don't want to fine you because we need money. We want you to curb your behavior, and be a good corporate citizen," Buckley said about Walmart.

In 2015, a now-infamous video of the brawl between two women went viral.

"The video in the shampoo aisle came out. It was embarrassing to the city of Beech Grove. I was humiliated, and that is probably one of the reasons I took the action I did because that is not what Beech Grove is about," Buckley explained.

It worked. The mayor sayid the number of emergency runs to Walmart in Beech Grove have dropped by 47 percent.

The company has invested millions of dollars in this store in Beech Grove, hiring off-duty police officers and eradicating panhandling in the store. They've also hired new staff.

"They have become good corporate neighbors," Buckley said. "Now they contribute to the community, which is what we wanted them to do to begin with."

The 2017 Expose Walmart tour will end June 2 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.