Akron, OH police shoot and KILL a unarmed Black man. Shooting him 60TIMES!!!!!!! Discharging a whooping 90 ROUNDS. Rest up Mr Jalen Walker. This is UNREAL.
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Authorities released shocking body camera footage Sunday documenting the fatal shooting of black motorist Gerland Walker in a hail of bullets, after Akron police said he fled a traffic stop last week.
Jayland Walker footage
Some of the videos released showed several police officers approaching the vehicle and opening fire. Police Chief Stephen Mylett said the coroner found about 60 wounds on Walker’s body, but the actual number of shots fired had not been determined.
Video from the scene showed a gun in the front seat of Walker’s car, and Mylett said the video showed a gun flashing past Walker’s car during the pursuit. Police immediately tried to attend to Walker, but he died at the scene, Mylett said. Eight officers were directly involved in the shooting and have been placed on administrative leave, Mylett said. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating at the request of the Akron Police Department.
“It’s ugly and shocking,” Mylett said. “I will not judge” until the investigation is complete. Mylett praised the Walker family’s call for a peaceful demonstration. Mayor Daniel Horrigan pleaded for calm and patience during the investigation.
“This video is heartbreaking and hard to understand,” Mayor Daniel Horrigan said. The department said it would release all footage of Monday’s shooting, not just the video required by law, within a week of first showing the footage to Walker’s family.
Following the shooting, the city canceled its July 4 celebrations, and the Akron chapter of the NAACP planned to hold a march and rally downtown on Sunday afternoon to coincide with the release of the video. The Walker family’s attorney, Bobby DiCello, called the video “cruel.”
“It’s going to spark some passion. It’s going to make people worry,” DiCello said before the video was released. DoorDash driver Walker, 25, refused to stop during the pursuit and shot and killed officers, police said. Akron police said Walker made a “lethal threat” by jumping from his rolling vehicle, prompting officers to use a stun gun and then a firearm.
Walker was found handcuffed on his back when the coroner arrived at the scene, according to a case investigation worksheet submitted to the coroner’s office, The Daily Beacon. Walker was shot in the face, stomach and thigh, the report said, adding that a gun was recovered from his car.
Traffic camera video obtained by the Beacon Journal shows at least 10 police cars chasing Walker’s vehicle during the chase.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Walker died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled it a homicide.