City officials also released police body camera footage of the shooting for the first time on Sunday, nearly a week after the fatal shooting. The video raises more questions about the shooting of the unarmed black man which is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI).
Police say the shooting took place after Walker, 25, fled as officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop for a traffic and equipment violation on Monday, June 27.
After a car chase, Walker got out of his car and a foot chase ensued, police said. Officers believed Walker was reaching for his waist and they “felt that Mr. Walker had turned and was gesturing and moving into a shooting position,” Mylett said.
Walker, however, was unarmed, Mylett said Sunday.
During the pursuit of the vehicle, police said, a shot was fired from Walker’s car, police said.
In the recounted body camera video, police said that approximately 40 seconds after Walker walked away from police, “a sound consistent with a gunshot can be heard on the officers’ body worn cameras.” . Police also said “a flash of light” could be seen on the driver’s side of the car at the time of the noise.
“It changes the whole nature of stopping traffic,” Mylett said at the press conference on Sunday. “It went from a routine traffic stop to a public safety issue. And then the chase continued.”
A handgun and a loaded magazine were found in Walker’s car after the shooting, police said, along with a gold ring.
Eight officers were “directly involved in the shooting,” Mylett said, and all were placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with department policy.
The BCI, which is investigating the fatal shooting, has not yet confirmed the number of times Walker was shot, Mylett said, and it remains unclear how many shots were fired.
“However, based on the video, I anticipate that number to be high,” he said. “A lot of bullets were fired.”
Mylett said officers recovered a casing near the scene of the attempted traffic stop that was “consistent with the firearm Mr. Walker had in his vehicle. The BCI will determine whether this casing was from or not of the weapon”.
He added that a traffic camera captured “what we believe to be a flash of muzzle coming out of the car. Again the BCI will determine if this is the case or not.”
Walker died from multiple gunshot wounds to the face, abdomen and upper legs, CNN affiliate WEWS reported, citing findings from its media partner, the Akron Beacon Journal.
The Journal, which was allowed to review an investigation worksheet at the medical examiner’s office, said it ‘indicated that Walker was observed lying on his back and handcuffed when a medical investigator arrived on the scene of the shooting”.
The Walker family calls for peace and justice
Walker’s relative, Robert Dejournett, who serves as pastor at St. Ashworth Temple of God in Christ Church in Akron, told CNN’s Polo Sandoval the family wanted Walker to be remembered as a youngster. fun and lively man.
“We are God-fearing people who believe in God and we want to exemplify that even in this process,” Dejournett said. “We don’t want riots or anything like that.”
Dejournett said the family hopes the shooting will lead to systematic change.
“We want to take that and we want to use it for the benefit of systemic change,” Dejournett said. “We want to be treated like human beings, you know, black men, young men, they’re scared when it comes to the police — that shouldn’t be the case,” he said.
Lawyers for Jayland Walker’s family held a press conference shortly after police released the footage and stressed that while the family wants answers from police, they also want the public to ‘give peace’ , gives dignity and gives justice a chance – for Jayland.”
“Every time I watched the video, it got worse for me,” attorney Ken Abbarno said. “Every move I see, every kick I hear, and every time I see Jayland lying on the ground is getting more and more horrible.”
Abbarno said the video is “much more than just ‘hard to see.’ It’s something that should never, ever be seen.”
Bobby DiCello, another attorney for the family, said Walker “never broke the law a day in his life – no crime of any kind.” DiCello said Walker’s behavior on Monday “would be indicative of some distress, some fear, something he was going through.”
Police union backs officers
The Akron police union believes the officers involved in the shooting were justified in their actions, “including (with) the number of shots fired,” according to a statement issued Sunday by the Fraternal Order of Police. of Akron Lodge #7.
“The decision to deploy lethal force as well as the number of shots fired are consistent with use of force protocols and officer training,” the statement said.
Each officer is “cooperating fully” with the independent investigation conducted by the BCI, according to the statement.
City of Akron asks the public to remain calm
Prior to the release of the footage, Akron officials asked the community to be patient and allow the investigation to proceed while protesting peacefully if they wished to protest.
“I won’t mince words – the video you’re about to watch is heartbreaking and very difficult to take in,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said at a press conference before the footage was released.
The mayor recognized the right of Akron residents to protest. “But hopefully the community can agree that violence and destruction is not the answer,” he said, asking that protests remain peaceful.
“Please be patient and let the attorney general do his job,” he said.
City leaders pointed out that footage was released under a new city ordinance that requires video footage documenting an active police officer’s use of force to be released within seven days of the incident .
Mylett said the city welcomes peaceful protests but is prepared if protests turn violent.
“We have developed a plan of operations to manage and provide a safe space in this city for people to protest,” Mylett said. “And in the event that it turns into a situation where it’s no longer peaceful, we also have an operations plan in place for that, and I’m not going to discuss the specifics of that.”
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