NBA star LeBron James prayed for his hometown of Akron on Sunday as protests erupted after police bodycam video showed officers shot an unarmed black man more than 60 times.
“I pray for my city today!” he wrote on Twitter, using an emoji of praying hands instead of the actual word.
Jayland Walker, 25, was running away from a traffic stop when he fired possible 60 bullets in his way last Monday morning by eight officers chasing him. Mayor Dan Horrigan and Police Chief Steve Mylett released bodycam footage Sunday afternoon showing the hail of lead and taser fire as Walker fled the traffic jam after giving them a chase and then running.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has taken over the shooting investigation and will forward the findings to the attorney general’s office.
According to the police, Walker had fired at them from his car, but that is still under investigation. Walker had no criminal record and his pursuit led police to a large, empty parking lot and that he clearly posed no danger, his attorney, Bobby DiCello, said.
James was born and raised in Akron.