Attorney Bobby DiCello holds a photograph of Jayland Walker at a news conference in St. Ashworth Temple, Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Akron, Ohio. Walker was shot and killed by police following a vehicle and foot pursuit earlier in the week. (Jeff Lange/Akron Beacon Journal via AP)
Jayland Walker left his gun in his car and ran, then eight Akron, Ohio police opened fire on the 25-year-old shooting him at least 60 times. Police continued to fire shots at Jayland even after he was on the ground.
Police say that Walker fired at them from inside of his car during a traffic stop and then fled on foot. Officers then cornered him and fired 90 rounds, 60 of the bullets hit Jayland. Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett said Sunday that “he does not know what the equipment violation was, or what the traffic violation was”.
Akron police released body cam video of the chase and death of Jayland Walker:
Mayor Daniel Horrigan said, “The video is heartbreaking; it’s hard to take in”. Walker’s family asked that the community remain peaceful. “Peaceful but with purpose. They are entitled to demand answers, to want transparency, to understand why Walker was met with so many bullets,” reported USA News.
The officers involved are expected to give their statements this week. “Every American is entitled to due process,” “Mylett said, ‘referring to the officers’ rights to make statements or decline’ USA News reported.
Jayland Walker, however, was not given due process when Mylett’s officers fired 90 rounds at him.
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