The death of Jayland Walker has sparked sparked outrage in the US state of Ohio after police shot the Black man 90 times.
On Sunday, July 3rd, Police released videos showing eight officers involved the shooting that killed the unarmed Black man who fled a traffic stop on June 27 in the city of Akron.
Multitudes of protesters have thronged the streets to demand justice for the killing of the 25-year-old man.
At a news conference, police authorities played multiple videos, one of which they said shows a gunshot being fired from Jayland Walker’s car.
Vantage News gathered from one of the videos that Walker jumped out of his car and ran before he was fatally shot in a nearby parking lot.
However Police claim he was turning towards officers, who at the time believed he was armed. They also claimed a gun was recovered from Jayland’s vehicle.
“Actions by the suspect caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them.”
Following the killing, the officers involved in Walker’s killing have been placed on administrative leave pending while investigation proceed with the mayor of Akron.
According to lawyer Bobby DiCello, it is believed police fired as many as 90 shots at Walker, just as his office’s investigation suggested Walker suffered “60 to 80 wounds.”
The lawyer however, noted a single bullet can cause multiple wounds.
On Wednesday, the death of Walker sparked small protests in Akron, while people linked the incident to several high-profile police killings of Black people in the US in recent years.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Walker’s aunt, Lajuana Walker-Dawkins, told reporters: “Jayland was a sweet young man, he never caused any trouble.”
DiCello had cautioned that Walker’s relatives are worried that protests could turn violent.
“We’re all bracing for the community’s response, and the one message that we have is the family does not need any more violence,”
The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation will lead the probe of police use of force.
The death sparked small protests in Akron beginning on Wednesday, with many likening the incident to several high-profile police killings of Black people in the US in recent years.
During a protest on Saturday, Jazzimine Beasley, the sister of Walker’s fiance who died in a car crash last month, called for accountability.
“This was my brother,” she told the Beacon Journal. “I’m here to get justice. I’m just so angry.”
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