Civil rights groups and local politicians have reacted with outrage to the release of video of police killing of a Black man in Akron, Ohio, who was shot in a hail of gunfire as he ran away after a car chase.

Iran PressAmerica: Jayland Walker, 25, was killed 27 June and sustained more than 60 wounds as multiple officers shot at him, but Akron police released video of the shooting on Sunday, July 3, 2022. 

The footage of Walker shows several shouting officers with guns drawn approach the slowing car on foot, as it rolls up over a curb and onto a sidewalk.

It’s not clear how exactly many shots were fired by the eight officers involved, but Jayland Walker sustained more than 60 wounds as multiple police officers shot at him. An attorney for Walker’s family said officers kept firing even after he was on the ground.

An unarmed person wearing a ski mask exits the passenger door and runs toward a parking lot. Police chase him for about 10 seconds before officers fire from multiple directions, in a burst of shots that lasts six or seven seconds.

Walker’s killing – which followed an attempted traffic stop – is the latest in a long line of US police shootings of often unarmed young Black men that have triggered widespread calls to tackle racism in the police. The murder of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis policeman in 2020 helped fuel a global protest movement condemning racism.

Local politicians reacted with dismay to the video.

Ohio senator Sherrod Brown said: “The Walker family and the entire Akron community deserve a thorough and transparent investigation of why we are mourning yet another young, Black life cut short. This is every Black parent’s worst fear of what a traffic stop will turn into.”

The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, which is standard practice in such cases.


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