According to the police, Mr. Walker opened fire first which forced the officers to open fire in fear for their lives. However, the police also revealed that the deceased had no gun when he ran from his car but they later found one inside.
Akron’s mayor urged local people to show patience as they began to protest.
“The video is heartbreaking, it’s hard to take in,” Daniel Horrigan said after the footage was released on Sunday.
Dave Yost, the state Attorney General promised a ‘complete, fair and expert investigation’ by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
In addition to that, Akron police are holding a separate internal investigation into whether officers violated departmental rules or policies. The officers, 7 of whom are white while one is black, are currently on administrative leave.
A lawyer for Mr. Walker’s family said officers had kept firing even after he was on the ground.
The President of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Derrick Johnson described Walker’s death as “murder. Point blank.”
Jayland Walker’s car was stopped on Monday 27 June at 00:30 for a routine traffic inspection. The police heard a shot from inside the car and the traffic camera captured what appeared to be a ‘muzzled flash’. Police body cameras show a person in a ski mask getting out of the car and running towards a car park, chased by officers for about 10 seconds before they open fire. According to the police, one of the officers tried to use a stun gun but that proved to be unsuccessful.
Demonstrators marched peacefully through Akron and gathered in front of the city justice centre after they released the video.
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