Another police killing has taken the nation by a storm following a video released by the Ohio police on Sunday.
Authorities in Akron, Ohio released graphic body camera footage that showed police fatally shooting a Black man with several dozen rounds of bullets. Authorities have not said how many shots were fired at DoorDash driver Jayland Walker, 25, but Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett on Sunday acknowledged the number could be more than 90, with the man suffering at least 60 bullet wounds.
Calling the incident ‘heartbreaking’ Akron mayor Dan Horrigan said, “Many will wish to air their grievances in public, and I fully support our residents’ right to peacefully assemble. But I hope the community can agree that violence and destruction are not the answer.” He also said an independent investigation was being conducted.
The shooting took place last Monday after Walker allegedly refused to stop for cops trying to pull him over for unspecified traffic and vehicle violations. Police say Walker fired a gunshot from his car as he was being pursued.
Officers tried to subdue him with their tasers, but he kept running. Several officers finally chased Walker to a parking lot. The body-cam footage is too blurry to see clearly what happens, but an initial police statement released after the shooting says he behaved in a way that caused officers to believe he posed a “deadly threat.”
All of the officers at the scene opened fire on Walker, shooting over 60 times in rapid succession. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
On the fourth day of protests on Sunday, a crowd marched to City Hall carrying banners with slogans such as “Justice for Jayland.” The demonstrations up until now have been peaceful with no violent streaks.