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Protests Erupt as Video Shows Akron, OH Police Shot Jayland Walker Over 60 Times

HeadlineJul 05, 2022

In Ohio, outrage over a police shooting in Akron prompted mass protests over the weekend as people demanded justice for 25-year-old Jayland Walker, a Black man shot dead by police after a traffic stop on June 27. The protests erupted after police released multiple body-camera videos from the shooting in response to earlier demands from family and local activists. The newly released video shows eight officers chasing Walker after he got out of his car and was running away. The video ends with the police firing about 90 rounds and hitting Walker about 60 times, according to an autopsy report. Walker was unarmed when police shot him. Lawyers for the family of Jayland Walker say that after police shot him, they handcuffed him before administering first aid. Elizabeth Paige White is a lawyer for the Walker family.

Elizabeth Paige White: “Jayland was shot more times than I can count. And that is beyond troubling. We are done dying like this.”

The city of Akron canceled its Fourth of July fireworks show Monday and has issued a downtown curfew ahead of the results of a state probe into the police killing of Jayland Walker.

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