Protesters rallied again in Akron, Ohio on Saturday, a day before the release of video footage showing the deadly shooting of a black motorist by police — a shooting that has rocked the city and outraged advocates of racial justice.
on Saturday afternoon, a growing audience protesters with placards and megaphones gathered outside the city’s courthouse after 3 p.m. Some chanted, “No justice, no peace, sue the police.”
Protesters have gathered for four days in a row this week, demanding that police be held accountable after officers shot and killed Jayland Walker, 25, on Monday as he fled a small traffic jam.
Akron police are expected to provide details of the shooting, including body camera images, at Sunday’s press conference along with the city’s mayor. The images will also be released at that time.
Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett told the Akron Beacon Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, that the department will release all body camera images from the shooting rather than just the three legally required videos. He added that the footage will be shown to Walker’s family before being released to the public.
The shooting is the third fatal shooting by a police officer in six months in the city of about 200,000 people, about 30 miles from Cleveland.
The city of Akron has asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation to take over the investigation into the shooting.
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Lawyer describes shooting
Bobby DiCello, a lawyer representing Walker’s family, shared details of the video before it was released, saying he hopes it will help the community prepare for what it will show.
DiCello told the Beacon Journal he is concerned about how people will react to the footage that he said saw police firing dozens of shots and shooting Walker in the face, stomach, arms and legs as he tried to run away.
DiCello said the shooting was an “incredible scene” where Walker’s body was “just riddled with bullets”.
“This is going to be a brutal video. It’s going to spark some passion. It’s going to make people uncomfortable,” DiCello said.
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What the police say happened
Akron police said Walker refused to stop the vehicle and fled when officers tried to pull him over early Monday morning. Walker then jumped from his moving vehicle, creating a “deadly threat,” causing officers to use stun guns and then firearms, police said.
Walker shot at officers during the chase, police said.
Mylett gave no additional details on how many officers fired or how many shots were fired.
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Traffic camera footage obtained by the Beacon Journal shows 10 cruisers following Walker at one point during the chase.
Walker died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office, which ruled the death homicide.
Walker was found lying on his back handcuffed when a coroner arrived at the scene, according to an investigation sheet for the case shown to the Beacon Journal at the coroner’s office. Walked had been shot in the face, abdomen and thighs, the report said, adding that a weapon had been found from his vehicle.
Who was Jayland Walker?
Walker’s family described Walker as a loving person who dreamed of starting his own delivery business. He worked at an Amazon fulfillment center and as a delivery driver for DoorDash, the family said at a news conference Thursday where they demanded police over Walker’s death.
Walker was a standout wrestler at Buchtel High School, relatives said.
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Black elected officials speak out
Summit County’s Black Elected Officials called on the US Department of Justice to investigate Walker’s death. The organization’s president, Veronica Sims, also called for police reform and implicit bias training.
“We are extremely exhausted by the continued playing out of black men and women being shot by those sworn to protect and serve,” Sims, who also serves as District 5’s representative on Summit County Council, said in a statement. declaration.
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