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The Akron Police Shooting Video Has Been Released

Bri H

Jayland Walker was shot and killed by Akron, Ohio police officers last week in what police say was a routine traffic stop.

Akron Police Shooting, What We KnowAkron Beacon Journal

This Sunday, July 3, the body cam footage from the Akron, Ohio Police officers involved in the shooting of Jayland Walker has been released. The shooting occurred last week and has since sparked public outcry from Akron residents.

The Akron police stand by their statement that Jayland Walker fled the police during the traffic stop. The footage released is a little over a minute long and confirms some police statement, but does not definitively show what occurred before and after the shooting. Since the 8 officers were involved in the shooting, the Akron Mayor called to cancel the annual 4th of July festival since the Akron residents were outraged, and city officials were awaiting final investigation results. The death of Jayland Walker has been ruled a homicide (USA Today).

The video shows that officers walked toward Walker's vehicle, a silver Buick sedan, when the chase ended, but does not show the chase. Walker exits the vehicle and the Chief of Police Stephen Mylett states, "it appeared that Walker reached toward his waist during a foot chase and briefly turned toward officers. They opened fire" (USA Today).

The ME found over 60 wounds on Walker's body but over 90 rounds were fired. The exact number of shots has not been definitively stated, but is between over 90-100. After the shooting, officers tried to get medical care for Walker, but he died at the scene. The investigation is led by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

A rally of over 100 people took place today led by the Akron NAACP chapter. The crowd grew to an estimated 1,000 people as city lawmakers, Black city and state representatives, and more, joined.

Daniel Horrigan, the Akron Mayor, states "the video is heartbreaking, it's hard to take in" (USA Today).

NAACP President Mr. Derrick Johnson made a statement, including that "the officers involved should be held accountable [...] this wasn't self-defense, it wasn't an accident in the heat of the moment. it was murder." (USA Today).

The body cam footage is linked and sourced by USA Today.


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