Officers set to launch physique cam footage of the killing of Jayland Walker, who his lawyer says suffered as many as 60 wounds.
Protesters are demanding justice after police killed a Black man within the US state of Ohio, with a lawyer representing the household of Jayland Walker saying the 25-year-old had been shot when his again was turned to police in the course of the June 27 incident within the metropolis of Akron.
The officers concerned in Walker’s killing have been positioned on administrative go away pending an investigation, with the mayor of Akron and town’s police chief set to offer an replace on the incident on Sunday.
Officers are planning to launch physique digicam footage of the incident.
Lawyer Bobby DiCello informed the Akron Beacon Journal that it’s believed police fired as many as 90 pictures at Walker, along with his workplace’s investigation suggesting Walker suffered “60 to 80 wounds”, though he famous a single bullet may cause a number of wounds.
The lawyer, who stated he had reviewed the physique digicam footage of the killing previous to its deliberate launch, stated his workforce had not seen any proof that Walker fired on the officers.
Authorities have stated Walker fled an early morning visitors cease and that officers reported a gun being fired from Walker’s automobile, from which he ran earlier than he was fatally shot in a close-by car parking zone.
“He’s simply in a down dash when he’s dropped by I feel the rely is greater than 90 pictures,” DiCello informed the newspaper. “Now what number of of these land, in accordance with our investigation proper now, we’re getting particulars that recommend 60 to 80 wounds.”
His identify is Jayland Walker.
8 Akron Ohio cops fired 90 bullets at him, hitting him 60 occasions all through hie complete physique.
The cops pulled him over for a TRAFFIC VIOLATION.
He was 25.
He was a @doordash driver.
HE WAS UNARMED.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) June 30, 2022
A police assertion launched after the incident maintained “actions by the suspect precipitated the officers to understand he posed a lethal menace to them”.
The demise sparked small protests in Akron starting on Wednesday, with many likening the incident to a number of high-profile police killings of Black folks within the US lately.
The nationwide anger reached a fever pitch in 2020 following the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis, Minnesota. One officer has since been convicted of homicide in that incident and three others have been convicted of violating Floyd’s civil rights.
Chatting with reporters on Friday, Walker’s aunt, Lajuana Walker-Dawkins, informed reporters: “Jayland was a candy younger man, he by no means precipitated any bother.”
Akron protest Saturday over police taking pictures demise of Jayland Walker is rising… https://t.co/vQaGrU57tE
— Amanda Garrett (@agarrettABJ) July 2, 2022
Throughout a protest on Saturday, Jazzimine Beasley, the sister of Walker’s fiancee who died in a automobile crash final month, known as for accountability.
“This was my brother,” she informed the Beacon Journal. “I’m right here to get justice. I’m simply so offended.”
Rodderick Kilos Sr, the pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Akron, stated he had additionally been permitted to view physique digicam footage of the killing previous to its public launch and stated it didn’t present Walker posing a menace to the officers earlier than he was shot.
He known as the video “surprising” and stated the killing was like a “bloodbath”.
“It’s barbaric,” Kilos stated in an interview with native tv station WEWS-TV.
Native elected officers have known as for a federal investigation into the killing.