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Video shows Ohio officers killed unarmed Black man in hail of bullets

World Jul 04, 2022 02:13AM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: 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, 20 2/3

By Gaelen Morse and Gabriella Borter

AKRON, Ohio (Reuters) -Video released on Sunday showed eight police officers in Akron, Ohio, were involved in a shooting that killed an unarmed Black man whose body was found with some 60 gunshot wounds after he fled a traffic stop last week.

Police played multiple videos at a news conference, one of which they said showed a gunshot being fired from the car driven by Jayland Walker, 25. He fled in his car after officers attempted to pull him over for a minor traffic violation.

After a chase of several minutes, Walker jumped out of the car and ran from police, the video showed. Police say it appears he was turning toward officers, who at the time believed he was armed. A gun was later recovered from his car.

On Sunday, the attorney for the Walker family, Bobby DiCello, told reporters he was "very concerned" about the police accusation that Walker had fired at officers from his car, adding that there was no justification for his violent death.

"They want to turn him into a masked monster with a gun," DiCello said. "I ask you, as he's running away, what is reasonable? To gun him down? No, that's not reasonable."

DiCello urged the public to be peaceful in protests against Walker's killing, adding that it was the wish of Walker's family to avoid more violence.

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

On Sunday, the Akron NAACP led a peaceful protest at city hall. Hundreds of demonstrators marched in the streets of the city of about 200,000 people, waving "Black Lives Matter" flags and chanting, "We are done dying," and "Justice for Jayland."

Later police declared a protest outside Akron police headquarters an unlawful assembly, media said. Officers in riot gear fired about a dozen canisters of tear gas to scatter protesters, WKYC-TV said.

Akron police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was not clear how many bullets struck Walker, but the body camera video shows police firing scores of rounds at him.

The medical examiner is still determining how many of the 60 wounds were entrance versus exit wounds, Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett said.

Mylett said officers had tried to give Walker first aid after he was shot, but he was declared dead at the scene.

The eight officers directly involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, Mylett said, and they have not made any individual statements.

The officers said they had believed Walker was "moving into firing position" when he got out of his car, prompting them to react to him as a potential threat, Mylett said.

Pressed by reporters for evidence that Walker had fired a gun from his car, Mylett said police had returned to the area where they believe Walker had fired from his car after the incident and found a bullet casing "consistent with a firearm that Mr. Walker had in his vehicle."

Police also pointed to what appears to be a flash of light on the driver's side of Walker's car in the video, which they said was a muzzle flash.

Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is investigating the shooting, has not confirmed any of these details.

Video shows Ohio officers killed unarmed Black man in hail of bullets
 

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Abc Xyz
Abc Xyz Jul 04, 2022 3:30AM ET
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One less welfare claim
Jin News
Jin News Jul 03, 2022 8:06PM ET
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Is it because most crimes are committed by non white people?
Travas Irvine
Travas Irvine Jul 03, 2022 8:06PM ET
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"Is it because most crimes the media tells you about are committed by non white people?" There!! I fixed it for you my friend!!!
Daniel Bonnichsen
Daniel Bonnichsen Jul 03, 2022 8:06PM ET
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Travas Irvine if you did any research whatsoever, you would know how wrong you are, sadly
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Daniel Bonnichsen Jul 03, 2022 8:06PM ET
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Travas Irvine trigger-happy cops like these should be fired, but there is a reason for their bias… it doesn’t justify their actions in any way, however
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 03, 2022 5:02PM ET
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I am a bit surprised. My understanding is that the police usually cower when there is an armed person or even a threat. They had to know he was not armed as they would have been hiding if they thought he had any type of weapon.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 03, 2022 5:02PM ET
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carlos guo  His vehicle, not on his person.
Marty Garinger
Marty Garinger Jul 03, 2022 5:01PM ET
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Here's the facts..  https://www.statista.com/statistics/585152/people-shot-to-death-by-us-police-by-race/ Never hear a word about any White people shot by police. This has been and still is a non issue. Just a way by the powers that be to divide us. Wake up people! Your being played.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 03, 2022 5:01PM ET
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Marty, please use a critical eye when looking at these stats. If you do that you will see the issue. Blacks make up 13% of the population. Now go look at what percentage they make up of people who were shot by police. You will notice an anomaly, this is what we call systemic racism. Ignore the 60% where they do not know the race as that is called bad data.
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ZS Beck Jul 03, 2022 5:01PM ET
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Sure, when the police tells you to stop or lay down , white people do it. Simple is that .
Go North
Go North Jul 03, 2022 4:48PM ET
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#Black#lives#matters##
Fun Fidgets
Fun Fidgets Jul 03, 2022 4:18PM ET
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A white dude walks into a school and kills children. He is then calmly escorted out of the school by police, without a single bullet in him. Now those of you defending the cops in this situation today, you are part of the problem.
Don Getty
Don Getty Jul 03, 2022 4:18PM ET
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actually - if he did fire a shot - police had every right to think he was dangerous - so lets wait on the video evidence before we judge anyone in this - police have definitely made errors in the past but blindly choosing a side before the evidence has been presented is just as wrong as anything else.
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you are correct. Evidence is required to judge. My point is, the shooter in Texas fired many shots and killed many kids, but calmy walked out with police in handcuffs. No gunshot wounds. Why is this?
Jin News
Jin News Jul 03, 2022 4:18PM ET
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Fun Fidgets if that's true then there's something wrong with the system. that white guy should have been gunned down immediately
Ian Maurer
Ian Maurer Jul 03, 2022 2:55PM ET
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He wasn’t unarmed…
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 03, 2022 2:55PM ET
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Gun was in the car. He had no weapon on him. This is defined as unarmed.
Ian Maurer
Ian Maurer Jul 03, 2022 2:55PM ET
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Chris Cummins yea i just saw the video. That was plain wrong
James Pattison
James Pattison Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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He fired upon the police first… what did he expect to happen…
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Adrian White
Adrian White Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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Still, 60 bullet wounds is extreme, don't you think? Especially when he was running away.
Don Getty
Don Getty Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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Adrian White  8 officers, that's 4 rounds each in the heat of the moment - if he had fired at officers from his vehicle - they did have every right to use lethal force in defending themselves - nice thing is there is video and we will learn the truth
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins Jul 03, 2022 1:00PM ET
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James, imagine you fire at me and then drop the weapon and run away. Now try to justify me shooting you in the back 60 times. Thanks.
Chris Cummins
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Don Getty  Really, 8x4=32. As usual your lies make you seem uninformed.
Brad Albright
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Math much?
 
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