Violent protests expected after video shows Ohio police shooting dozens of fleeing black man

Police killed Jayland Walker, a black man in Ohio, by shooting him dozens of times as he was running from cops after a traffic stop, his family’s lawyer said, citing a review of police camera footage that was released Sunday.
In comments posted Saturday in the Akron Beacon Journal, lawyer Bobby Dicello called the video “violent” and said Mr Walker’s relatives were concerned that this weekend’s protests could escalate into violence.

The shooting was the latest in a string of law enforcement killings of blacks in the United States that critics say are unfounded, including the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

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“We are all preparing for a community response and the only thing we have is that the family does not need more violence,” Mr. Dicello said.
Akron police said 25-year-old Walker fired a pistol at policemen chasing him. They plan to release footage from body cameras after the press conference on Sunday, hours before the planned protest march.

“Protesting is a way to cry,” Rodderick Pounds Sr., pastor of the Second Baptist Church in Akron, said during a prayer rally on Saturday after he was allowed to view the video before it was released to the public.

Mr Pounds declined to detail “the graphic video the world is about to see” but he called the footage “shocking”, saying it showed Mr Walker was not a threat when he was shot in a manner that the pastor compared it to a “massacre”.
“It’s barbaric,” Pounds said in an interview with local WEWS-TV. “You’ll see tomorrow.”
Officials said the fatal collision began when police tried to stop Mr. Walker for a traffic violation while driving early Monday morning.

According to the Akron Police Department, Mr. Walker fled and officers said a gun was fired from Mr. Walker’s car.

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Minutes later, Mr. Walker got out of the car and ran as police pursued him on foot and opened fire on him, saying he posed a “deadly threat,” the police department said in a statement Tuesday.
Mr Walker was pronounced dead in the parking lot where he fell. Police officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
Mr. Dicello said his team saw no evidence that Mr. Walker fired the weapon and that police body camera footage showed him running with his back to the police as they shot him.

“He’s just in the sprint when he popped in, I think the count is over 90 shots,” Mr. DiCello told the Beacon Journal.

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“Now how many of them have landed, according to our investigation right now, we’re getting data that suggests between 60 and 80 injuries.”
It’s unclear how many bullets hit Mr. Walker, DiCello said, because bullets can cause injury both when entering and exiting the body.
Television station WJW-TV reported that a preliminary report from the medical examiner’s office indicated that Mr. Walker had received multiple gunshot wounds to the head, torso, and legs, and that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation had recovered the weapon from the vehicle, though it did not elaborate. what car.
Mr Pounds told WEWS that Mr Walker “did not have a gun when he was shot. It was in his car.”
Compounding the tragedy, according to the Beacon Journal, Mr. Walker’s fiancé died in a car accident last month, although WJW quoted his family’s lawyers as saying Mr. Walker had no intention of hurting himself or others when he was killed.

The employees involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, the department said in a statement.