Body Cams Show Deadly Shooting By Jayland Walker Police

Akron, Ohio — A black man shot and killed by Akron police officers in a hail of bullets following a vehicle and the foot chase was unarmed at the time of the shooting, but a shot appeared to have come from the vehicle during the chase, and officers said that they were afraid he was preparing to fire as they fired their weapons, authorities said.

Police released a video on Sunday that the mayor called “heartbreaking” of the pursuit and shooting of Jayland Walker, 25, as he called for community peace and patience as the state investigation into the shooting continues.

Chief Steve Mylett said officers attempted to stop Walker’s car for unspecified traffic and equipment violations, but less than a minute into the chase, the sound of a gunshot rang out from the car and a transportation department camera captured what appeared to be a muzzle flash. that came out of the mouth. the car. Mylett said the nature of the case changed from “a routine traffic stop to now a public safety issue”.

Police said the car slowed down a few minutes later and Walker emerged from the still-moving vehicle wearing a ski mask and fled on foot. A pistol, a loaded magazine and a wedding ring were found on the seat and a casing matching the weapon was later found at the point where officers believed a shot was fired from the vehicle.

After a failed attempt to use anesthetics, the chase continued to a parking lot, where a crescendo of bullets could be heard. Mylett said he’s watched the video dozens of times and it’s hard to discern Walker’s actions at the time, but one photo seems to show him “down to his waist” and another appears to show him posing. to an officer and a third returns. picture “catches a forward movement of his arm.”

After the shooting, the officers who fired were kept separate from each other and watched, and prospective investigators guided them individually through the scene, Myett said.

“Each officer, independently of each other, said they felt that Mr. Walker had turned and gesturing and moving into a firing position,” he said.

Mylett said an officer firing at someone “must be ready to explain why they did what they did, they should be able to articulate the specific threats they faced…and they should be held accountable.” But he said he is withholding a judgment on their actions until they make their statements, and he said the union chairman has told him that everyone is “fully cooperating” with the investigation.

Police said more than 60 wounds were found on the body, but more investigations will be needed to determine exactly how many shots the eight officers fired and how many times Walker was hit. Officers assisted, and it can be heard that he still had a heartbeat, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Mylett said.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost promised a “complete, fair and expert investigation” and warned that “body-worn camera images are only one view of the whole picture — before conclusions are drawn, the full review must take place.”

The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is customary in such cases. Seven of them are white and one is black, according to the department. Their tenure with the Akron Police Department ranges from one and a half to six years, and none of them have a track record of discipline, well-founded complaints or fatal shootings, it said.

Protesters peacefully marched through town and gathered outside the Akron courthouse after the video was released. NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement that Walker’s death was not self-defense, but “was murder.

One of the family’s attorneys, Bobby DiCello, said police fired shots even after Walker was on the ground, and the police handcuffed him before attempting to administer first aid.

“How the chase got to this point is beyond me,” DiCello said, adding that Walker’s family does not know why he fled the police. Walker mourned the recent death of his fiancée, but his family was not concerned beyond that, DiCello said.

“He was sad, but he got through it,” DiCello said. He said he doesn’t know if the ring found with the gun belonged to Walker.

Walker’s family calls for responsibility, but also for peace.

“Anger is fine. Anger is understandable. Violence is not. Let’s uphold the dignity of Jayland’s life as we peacefully demand justice for him,” Walker’s family said in a statement to CBS News.

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