Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man who was unarmed at the time he was killed by police in Akron, Ohio, last week, was shot at least 60 times, authorities said over the weekend, when they released body camera footage of the shooting.
Akron Police Department officers attempted to stop 25-year-old Jayland Walker at 12:30 a.m. for a traffic violation and conducted a pursuit after he refused to stop, the police department said in a Tuesday statement on its Facebook page. After a few minutes, Walker slowed down and left his car while it was still in motion and ran away from police, according to the statement.
scene, according to the statement.
Bobby DiCello, the attorney for Walker’s family, told the Akron Beacon Journal in an interview published Friday evening that Walker does not appear to have gestured toward the officers in a threatening way based on the body cam video he viewed. He said officers appear to have fired dozens of shots at Walker while he was fleeing with nothing in his hands.police department’s statement says that officers reported a firearm being discharged from Walker’s car while they pursued it. But DiCello questioned that, telling the Journal that the back windshield of Walker’s car was undamaged, meaning a shot was not fired directly backward.
“And I’ve got to emphasize there is no evidence that we’ve been shown, or that we’ve found, or that we know of that says that the young man somehow while driving away from the officers pointed his gun at the officers,” he said.
He added that police say an Ohio Department of Transportation traffic video shows gunfire coming from Walker’s car, but his legal team has not found that evidence as of yet.
DiCello told The New York Times that the city’s police chief told him in a meeting that he has not found evidence of anything Walker did that would put the officers involved in the incident, in the lawyer’s words, “in fear” or require them to shoot. He said the chief also told him that two officers tried to use stun guns on Walker moments before the shooting began.
DiCello told the Journal that in the body cam video, an officer calls out the speed at which Walker is traveling, as high as 50 miles per hour, before he slows down to 15 miles per hour and then runs “as if he were a football player running for the end zone.”
Its horrifying watching those videos and seeing what transpired though the events of this incident my heart goes out to all of Jayland Walker's Family and Friends!
REMEBER BLACK LIVES MATTER!!!!!!!