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Protests erupt after Black man shot at least 60 times by Akron Police

by Sydney Anderson
Protests erupt after Black man shot 60 times by Akron Police
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On June 27th, Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black Man, was shot 60 times by eight Akron police officers (seven white, one Black) after fleeing a traffic stop. 

The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m., when officers attempted to stop Walker for a traffic violation. The driver refused, resulting in a police pursuit.  A single cruiser was seen chasing Walker from Tallmadge Avenue onto southbound state Route 8. Then, a second cruiser appears, and from a camera overseeing I-77 and Archwood Avenue, 10 cruisers are viewed following Walker at 12:35 am. 

After chasing Walker for a few minutes, Walker slowed down and fled the vehicle while it was moving, leading officials on a “foot pursuit” that ended in the parking lot. During the 4 1/2 minute chase from Akron’s North Hill neighborhood to Firestone Park, the officers fired 90 bullets at Walker.

Protests erupt after police shoot Akron man over 60 times

Police state that a gun was fired from Walker’s vehicle, and a weapon was found after a medical examiner’s report. However, officials continued shooting at Walker, even after he fell to the ground, hitting him in the arms, legs, abdomen, and face. They then proceeded to handcuff Walker until a medical examiner pronounced him dead at the scene.

According to an Akron police statement, “actions by the suspect caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them. In response to this threat, officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect.”

The Walker family was heartbroken and devastated after the death of their son, friend, and patron saint to the community. The family wants peace and justice from the department.  

On Thursday, Pamela Walker, his mother, and Jada Walker, his sister, could not even speak, as their hearts were filled with agony, unable to express their feelings to the public. 

Bobby DiCello and Paige White, attorneys representing the Walker Family, demand accountability from several Akron police officers.

“I stand before you all with a family who is heartbroken, devastated, confused, and searching for answers. There are no words to describe what this family is going through. But, from what we’ve read, 90 shots,” White said to the public as Pamela burst into tears, seeking comfort from her daughter.

White continued, “Time and again, what we see across this country are white people who are able to commit crimes, to slaughter people, and who live to tell the tale. Jayland Walker wasn’t able to do that.”

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Jada Walker, who was supposed to speak at the press conference, went with her mother into the church, where they both began crying and wailing.

A joint statement was issued by the Akron police chief and Mayor Dan Horrigan stating, “We know that no police officer ever wants to discharge their service weapon in the line of duty and anytime they must, it’s a dark day for our city, for the families of those involved, as well as for the officers. Tragically, we are once again faced with a young man, with his life before him, gone too soon.”

Horrigan and Mykett also informed citizens that the police bodycam footage and further information on the incident would be released “in the following days.”

Following the murder, many Akron citizens began protesting in honor of Walker,  blocking traffic in the streets, leading to Horrigan canceling Fourth of July events, stating, “now is no time to celebrate.”

The family will not stop until their son gets the justice he deserves, and they ask their attorneys to inform the police. Moreover, the family requested that Walker not be spun into anything other than the “good man” he was. Walker has never been arrested or in trouble with the cops before.

The eight Akron police officers involved in the shooting of Jayland Walker have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Akron Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit and the Ohio Bureau of Crime Investigation. 

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13 comments

David July 1, 2022 - 6:37 pm

The amount of rounds seems a bit excessive to an ignorant person. The police are reacting to “shots fired”. That can be a shot or many. This happened because a law breaking idiot decided he could outsmart the police. He broke numerous laws in the process. He fire a shot at the police. He died because he was an idiot. One round form any of the guns could have killed him.

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Tony July 2, 2022 - 6:43 am

Only someone white would say that a black man that gets shot is an idiot. Pot calls the kettle black you bigot

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Christian July 2, 2022 - 10:03 pm

That’s not true at all I know plenty of black people that would say he deserved to be shot and anyone stupid enough to fire a weapon at the police 100% deserves it if a white man would have shot at the cops he would have deserved to be shot too color is kinda irrelevant regardless at the same time 60 times is excessive extremely excessive now assuming he didn’t fire a gun at the police this is instead a terrible injustice that has been done and regardless I feel for his family

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Laura July 4, 2022 - 12:14 pm

Don’t say color is irrelevant. A white man named Lance Storz murdered 3 cops and the police dog in Kentucky just a few days ago on July 2nd. He was arrested peacefully, not riddled with 60 bullets from head to toe, body essentially liquefied like the black man was. Also new reports are finding that the black man actually was unarmed. Denying racism is inherently racist in case you are not aware, so just admit it.

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Lamont July 1, 2022 - 7:30 pm

mean while your white everyday domestic terrorist, goes and shoot up ans elementary school ful of kids, or a church full or worshippers and live to tell and even treated to fast food.

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Hypercoyote July 4, 2022 - 12:14 am

This here. It’s not that anyone is saying this dude was innocent of any crime but the way he was gunned down shows the disparity that skin color introduces.

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Andrew m July 2, 2022 - 8:56 pm

Look at the statistics…no need to explain further. Proofs in the pudding

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Jack July 3, 2022 - 12:54 pm

Suicide by police…If you run from a cop and shoot at a cop, chances are, you’re burying yourself 6ft under versus complying at the start.

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TureAmerica July 5, 2022 - 9:12 am

It is amazing how blind some you are. To say that a unarmed man running from police deserves to be shot or that there is nothing racist about that type of reaction… you are just in denial of yours and your country’s truth! Just yesterday a white man killed 6 people and wouded over 20, he ran from police for hours and guest what the police was able to arrest him with out shooting one bullet- now if you think that would have been the same outcome if he were a black man.. you are lying to yourself.

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