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Ohio police officers shot fleeing Black man dozens of times, lawyer says

World Jul 03, 2022 01:01PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. Attorney Bobby DiCello holds up a photograph of Jayland Walker, the man who was shot dead by Akron Police on June 25, as he speaks on behalf of the Walker family during a press conference at St. Ashworth Temple in Akron, Ohio, U.S. June 30, 2022. Jeff La 2/2

(This July 2 story corrects spelling of Roderick in paragraph)

By Jason Lange and Jonathan Landay

(Reuters) - Police killed Jayland Walker, a Black man in Ohio, by shooting him dozens of times as he ran from officers following a traffic stop, a lawyer for his family said, citing a review of police body-worn camera footage due to be made public on Sunday.

In comments published on Saturday by the Akron Beacon Journal, attorney Bobby DiCello described the video as "brutal," and said Walker's relatives worried that protests this weekend could turn violent.

The shooting was the latest in a spate of killings of Black men by law enforcement in the United States that critics say are unjustified, including the 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis that ignited global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

"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," DiCello said.

Akron police have said Walker, 25, fired a gun at officers who were pursuing him. They plan to release their body camera footage following a news conference on Sunday, hours before a protest march is scheduled.

"Protest is a way of crying," Roderick Pounds Sr., pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Akron, said during a prayer rally there on Saturday after he was permitted to see the video prior to its being made public.

Pounds declined to describe in detail "the graphic video the world is about to see," but he called the footage "shocking," saying it showed Walker posed no threat when he was shot down in a manner the pastor likened to a "massacre."

"It's barbaric," Pounds said in an interview with local television station WEWS-TV. "You'll see tomorrow."

Officials have said the deadly confrontation began when officers tried to stop Walker for a traffic violation while he was driving early Monday morning. Walker fled, according to the Akron Police Department, which said officers reported a gun being fired from Walker's vehicle.

After several minutes Walker exited his vehicle and ran, while officers chased him on foot and fired at him, saying he presented a "deadly threat," the police department said in a statement on Tuesday.

Walker was pronounced dead in the parking lot where he fell. Police representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

DiCello said his team has not seen any evidence Walker fired a weapon and that police body-camera footage showed him running with his back to officers when they gunned him down.

"He is just in a down sprint when he is dropped by I think the count is more than 90 shots," DiCello told the Beacon Journal. "Now how many of those land, according to our investigation right now, we're getting details that suggest 60 to 80 wounds."

It was not clear how many bullets struck Walker because bullets can cause wounds both entering and exiting the body, DiCello said.

Television station WJW-TV said a preliminary report from the medical examiner's office found Walker sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his head, torso and legs, and that a weapon was recovered from a car by Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, though it did not specify which car.

Pounds told WEWS that Walker "did not have a weapon when he was shot. It was in his car."

Compounding the tragedy, according to the Beacon Journal, Walker's fiance had died in a car accident last month, though WJW cited attorneys for his family as saying Walker had no intention of harming himself or others when he was killed.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave during an investigation, the department's statement said.

Ohio police officers shot fleeing Black man dozens of times, lawyer says
 

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Ronald Johnson
Ronald Johnson Jul 03, 2022 4:21PM ET
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A white guy would in jail, then 6 months probation
James Pattison
James Pattison Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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Guys fires at cops… then runs… then gets return fired upon… what kind of propaganda article is this… the worst kind
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Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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LOL. Guy uses information gleaned from article to condemn the article.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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LOL. Guy uses information gleaned from article to condemn the article.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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LOL. Guy uses information gleaned from article to condemn the article.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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So, you fire at me, drop the weapon and run away. Please justify me shooting you 60 times....IN THE BACK!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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I'm black?
Bryan Ojeda
Bryan Ojeda Jul 03, 2022 7:56AM ET
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he should have watched Chris Rock's youtube video on How not to get shot by the police.
Phil Davis
Phil Davis Jul 03, 2022 3:26AM ET
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You guys need to stop supporting police. Remember the truckers in Canada. First, gun safety says you don't fire 90 times while running after a guy. You have no idea where those rounds are going. Secondly, you are endangering the lives of civilians, just like a police car chase. Really, how hard would it be to track this guy down with a swat team. He may still be alive even after his stupid decision. I can't support his kind of action by the police. This was not a gun fight. If, again if, the guy actually shot at police, no gun has been found, and we haven't seen any footage. Again, a gun fight would be one thing, a chase and continually shooting is another.
James Pattison
James Pattison Jul 03, 2022 3:26AM ET
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You have no idea what it is like to be a police officer… go to the academy… walk a mile in their shoes… then lets have this talk again…
James Pattison
James Pattison Jul 03, 2022 3:26AM ET
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The guy fired shots at them first… then ran… yea… 90 times seems correct so he stopped resisting and attempting to murk cops…
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 03, 2022 3:26AM ET
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If you think think this was safe and proper, it is YOU who needs to go to a police academy.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 03, 2022 3:26AM ET
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James Pattison  You mean cower an hour in their shoes?
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 03, 2022 3:26AM ET
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James Pattison  He was unarmed!
Thomas Simpson
Thomas Simpson Jul 02, 2022 10:01PM ET
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Have you ever noticed the number of cases where an individual is resisting arrest and /or fleeing followed by a shooting. Try don't run, don't fight, be polite and expect the same from the police.
Phil Davis
Phil Davis Jul 02, 2022 10:01PM ET
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But even so. You just can't shoot 90 times in the back. Even the wild west had a known unwritten law about shooting someone in the back. It was cowardly.
James Pattison
James Pattison Jul 02, 2022 10:01PM ET
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Phil Davis or dont run from the police
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jul 02, 2022 7:28PM ET
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Protest is not about grieving anymore. Its about 5 finger discount
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jul 02, 2022 7:21PM ET
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I am white. If i did that to cops my parents would say “you had that coming”
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jul 02, 2022 7:08PM ET
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Why is it tou have to read half the article before you find out he shot at cops?
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 02, 2022 7:08PM ET
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Then left the weapon and ran. Cops shot him 60 times in the back but let 19 elementary school kids die due to their fear. If you cannot see a weapon do not fire. That is the rule...hard to see a weapon when you are shooting someone in the back.
Will Bowers
Will Bowers Jul 02, 2022 7:07PM ET
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If i shot at cops i would have to expect the same.
Will Bowers
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Dont resist is a good start
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Jul 02, 2022 7:00PM ET
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It's as simple as "1,2,3!". They should teach that in grade 1 and get 1st graders to sign their name on that. It's a life-saving lesson that's apparently still overdue in America. SMS_Shaking My Shoulders. I luckily don't live in America.
 
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