‘Disturbing’ police body camera video shows officers in Akron, Ohio firing more than 90 shots at the rear of Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old black motorist who fled to foot a minor traffic stoppage earlier this week. More than 60 of the bullets hit Mr. Walker.
Attorney Bobby DiCello, who represents Mr Walker’s family, viewed the footage ahead of its scheduled release on Sunday afternoon by Akron authorities at a scheduled press conference.
“In my 22 years working in trials, both as a former Cuyahoga County prosecutor and as a civil rights attorney in numerous serious fatal use of force cases, I have never never seen anything like that in my life, ever. It’s very, very disturbing,” Mr. DiCello told the Akron Beacon Log. He added that Mr Walker appeared to be suffering from 60 to 80 injuries.
The lawyer said the video was “incredible” and “brutal”, but called on community members to honor Mr Walker’s demands to keep the ongoing protests peaceful.
“We are all preparing for the community response and the only message we have is that the family no longer needs violence,” he said. “…He needs peace, and he wants peace, and he wants the process to happen.”
The officer encountered Jayland Walker in the early hours of Monday morning, arresting him for violent minor equipment.
When he met the police, the 25-year-old left on foot, according to body camera footage, the lawyer said.
Akron police said they saw a flash of gunfire, captured on a state transit camera, from Mr. Walker’s car before he fled, although Mr. DiCello said he did not. had seen no evidence. He noted that all the windows in Mr Walker’s car were intact when it was found.
Community members have been protesting the shooting for days.
“When some people don’t follow instructions, they end up in handcuffs,” said Hamza Khabir, from the Law Enforcement Equality Reform activist group. The New York Times. “When black people do that, they end up being shot down and killed.”
The city canceled a planned July 4 celebration in light of the shooting.
“He was my skinny little nephew,” Mr Walker’s aunt, Lajuana Walker Dawkins, told a press conference on Thursday. “And we miss him. We just want answers.
An unknown number of Akron police officers were placed on administrative leave following the shooting.
The Akron Police Department and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are investigating the shooting and will report their findings to the Ohio Attorney General’s office.
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