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AKRON, Ohio, July 3 (Reuters) – Video released on Sunday showed eight police officers in Akron, Ohio, were involved in a shooting that killed an unarmed Black man whose body was found with some 60 gunshot wounds after he fled a traffic stop last week.
Police played multiple videos at a news conference, one of which they said shows a gunshot being fired from the car driven by Jayland Walker, 25, who was being pursued by officers.
The article goes on to state the following:
Walker jumped out of the car and ran away from police, the video showed. Police say it appears he was turning toward officers, who at the time believed he was armed. A gun was later recovered from his car.
Bobby DiCello, the attorney for the Walker family, referred to the video as “brutal,” and noted that “we’re all bracing for the community’s response.”
“The one message that we have is the family does not need any more violence,” DiCello said, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
The police department released a statement on Tuesday that said in part, “The operator of the vehicle refused to stop; as a result, a vehicle pursuit was initiated. The suspect vehicle entered Route 8 southbound as the officers gave chase. During the pursuit, officers reported a firearm being discharged from the suspect vehicle.”
“The pursuit continued for several minutes until the suspect vehicle slowed down near the intersection of E. Wilbeth Rd. and Clairmont St. While the vehicle was still moving, the suspect fled from the vehicle on foot. Officers engaged the suspect in a foot pursuit in order to apprehend him. The suspect ran northbound into a nearby parking lot. Actions by the suspect caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them. In response to this threat, officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect,” the statement added.
Officers administered first aid, though Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.
The department confirmed that the officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with departmental procedure.
#BREAKING: Akron, Ohio police release footage in the killing of Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old black man who was shot 60 times by police while he was unarmed and fleeing on foot.
Walker had fired at police while in a car chase moments earlier. The gun was found in the car. pic.twitter.com/RT9yZg0Trz
— Moshe Schwartz (@YWNReporter) July 3, 2022
The shooting sparked days of protests outside the police headquarters calling for “Justice for Jayland,” on Sunday.
There’s growing outrage in Akron, Ohio, after Jayland Walker, a 25-year old black man, was shot and killed by police following a police chase. Protesters took to the streets as Fourth of July celebrations were canceled in the city. @DymburtNews reports. https://t.co/43ma1E1XAf pic.twitter.com/cdMkZgQkFs
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) July 2, 2022
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