Akron reacts to the shooting death of Jayland Walker
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Police confirmed that at the time Walker was shot, he was unarmed.

AKRON, Ohio — The following blog is providing updates on the unfolding story of the Jayland Walker shooting by Akron police. Walker died early Monday morning after he was shot by officers amid an overnight chase.

Shortly after Sunday’s 1 p.m. press conference, the City of Akron released additional footage from the bodycams of multiple police officers. Walker’s body was not blurred in this video and the video footage shows him being shot several times, including after he first fell to the ground. 3News will keep that video posted for 48 hours in the video player below.

*Warning: the video is extremely graphic in nature and may be upsetting to viewers*

Here is the latest reporting from 3News amid the Jayland Walker story:

Mark Naymik takes a closer look at the bodycam video that was released by the Akron Police Department.

Amani Abraham was at the Walker family attorney’s press conference following the release of the police bodycam video.

And Emma Henderson and Neil Fischer were live on the streets of downtown Akron as demonstrations continue:

As demonstrations continue in downtown Akron after the release of the Jayland Walker bodycam shooting video, 3News’ Russ Mitchell is providing continuing coverage at WKYC.com. You can watch the video in the player below:

3News’ Brandon Simmons also captured drone footage of the demonstration.

The Akron RubberDucks have announced that they have postponed the “Let Three-Dom Ring” movie and fireworks that was scheduled for this evening at Canal Park out of respect “for the city-wide day of mourning.”

Monday’s game between the RubberDucks and the Altoona Curve that is scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. is still on as scheduled, as is the postgame fireworks.

3News reporters Neil Fischer and Emma Henderson are monitoring demonstrations being held outside of the Akron Justice Center. 

The Fraternal Order of Police, Akron Lodge 7 has released a statement after the body cam video of the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker was released. 

“This incident is a tragedy for our entire community, including the family of Jayland Walker, as well as all of the officers involved,” the FOP stated, adding that every officer involved is cooperating with the independent investigation conducted by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.  

“We believe the independent investigation will justify the officers’ actions, including the number of shots fired,” the FOP continued. “The decision to deploy lethal force as well as the number of shots fired is consistent with use of force protocols and officers’ training.”

You can read the entire statement here.

Reaction is starting to come in after the Jayland Walker press conference held by Akron officials. 

“As we await to receive the additional details provided by the BCI investigation, I echo the sentiments of the Walker family and City of Akron leaders to remain peaceful,” Rep. Shontel Brown 

“I encourage you to not watch the video. Too much trauma, too many triggers (psychologically and literally).  We’ve seen devastating horrors. We’ve endured generational cruelty. Lift his family up,” Bernice King (daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Prior to the start of the briefing, Akron native and four-time NBA MVP LeBron James tweeted the following: “I 🙏🏾 for my city today!”

The attorney for the Jayland Walker family, Robert DiCello, is holding a briefing outside of the Firestone Community Center in Akron in response to the release of the body cam footage of the fatal shooting earlier this afternoon. 

DiCello told reporters that today’s presentation of the video “was different from the presentation we received” last week. At that time, DiCello says Chief Mylett told him and Jayland Walker’s family he “did not see the movement that would’ve put these officers in fear.”

RELATED: ‘We will get justice for Jayland Walker,’ family attorneys pledge after Akron police release bodycam footage of fatal shooting

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has released a statement after the release of the Akron police body cam video of the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker. 

“People want and deserve answers, and they shall have them. BCI will conduct a complete, fair and expert investigation,” Yost said. “Body-worn camera footage is just one view of the whole picture – before drawing conclusions, the full review must take place.”

The Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handing the investigation. Yost noted that the investigative file will be made public at the conclusion of the case, a practice his office began last year.

“The goal is the truth, and we need to talk to anyone who knows anything. Silence will never produce justice,” Yost added. 

RELATED: Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issues statement on shooting death of Jayland Walker by Akron police

Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett has just completed playing the body cam video containing footage of the pursuit and shooting of Jayland Walker. Mylett confirmed several key points before answering questions from reporters:

  • Eight officers were involved in the fatal shooting
  • It is unknown exactly how many rounds were fired at Walker. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has reported that he sustained 60 wounds. However the number of entry and exit wounds need to be confirmed.
  • At the time of the shooting, Walker was unarmed. Police discovered his gun, a loaded magazine, and a gold ring in the car. 
  • One officer determined that Walker still had a pulse after the shooting. He died after Akron EMS crews arrived.

RELATED: Akron officials release new details and bodycam footage from deadly police shooting of Jayland Walker

The city of Akron is holding a briefing at Firestone Community Center with more details on the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker. Mayor Dan Horrigan, deputy mayor Marco Summerville, and police chief Steve Mylett are all speaking prior to the release of the body cam video.

You can watch the briefing, anchored by 3News’ Russ Mitchell in the player below. WARNING: Images and video will contain disturbing and graphic content. 

3News’ Russ Mitchell will host a live stream of the 1 p.m. press conference in Akron. During the press conference, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett will release new details about the shooting and the bodycam footage. The press conference can be watched on 3News’ YouTube Page and wkyc.com.

The Akron Police Department is setting up barriers prior to a 10 a.m. protest that is planned. The protest is planned to take place outside the Akron Justice Center.

As the public braces for the bodycam footage to be released at 1 p.m., multiple groups have planned protests and marches calling for justice for Jayland Walker. 3News’ Lindsay Buckingham shares details of what the public can expect:

3News reporter Emma Henderson warns that the footage that is set to be released on Sunday is very graphic and “very difficult to watch”. Please be advised if planning to view the video.

The video will show in graphic detail a number of officers firing at Walker.

A group of pastors and people gathered to march from Second Baptist Church in Akron to the Akron Justice Center. The groups of people called for justice in the death of Jayland Walker. 

DISCLAIMER: 3News live-streamed the event and can be watched in the video player below. Footage may contain offensive language.

A Peaceful Community March and Rally in Akron is planned for Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. The Akron NAACP will hold a peaceful march that will follow the 1 p.m. press conference where city officials release the body camera video to the public.

The march will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Quaker Station and end with a rally at Akron City Hall.

Speakers at the rally include the following:

  • Akron NAACP
  • ACLU Ohio
  • Ohio Poverty Law Center 
  • The Freedom BLOC 
  • Black Elected Officials of Summit County
  • Faith Community

Jayland Walker was involved in a chase with law enforcement less than 24 hours before leading Akron police on a high-speed pursuit that ended with him being shot and killed by eight officers, 3News Investigates has learned.

In addition, 3News Investigates has now confirmed that two Akron police officers initially used non-lethal Tasers before eight officers fired their service weapons over 90 times, killing Walker and striking his body over 60 times.

A New Franklin police officer tried to stop Walker’s 2005 Buick sedan for having a broken taillight and license plate bulb as it left a Subway sandwich shop at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. The driver did not stop, but instead drove away on Manchester Road at speeds approaching 50 mph. The officer ended the chase in less than three minutes as the driver passed the Akron suburb’s border.

Watch Marisa Saenz’s story below:

Emma Henderson caught up with Jeremy Caudill, the owner of Melanie Lake in Springfield Township. Caudill has been fielding phone calls ever since Akron’s Rib, White and Blue was called off, offering food vendors an opportunity to post up at his property. He has ample space and hungry swimmers, and knows what the workers are going through.

A march on behalf of Jayland Walker is being planned for Saturday afternoon. Dr. Roderick C. Pounds, Pastor at Second Baptist Church in Akron, posted on Facebook that the march will begin at 2 p.m. at Second Baptist Church at 690 South Main Street. The march will then proceed to the Akron Justice Center before going back to the church. “We will march in Peace, but also in Power and Purpose,” Pounds writes in his Facebook post.  

During Friday evening’s edition of “Front Row,” 3News’ Marisa Saenz spoke with two people have already seen the Akron Police Department’s body cam video of shooting death of Jayland Walker: Walker family member and Pastor Robert DeJournett and Walker family attorney Robert DiCello. DeJournett, in particular, called the footage “troubling.”

“I was shocked,” DeJournett said of the video. “I was really caught off guard. They tried to prepare us that the video was troubling. The first word out of my mouth was ‘Jesus.’ I just broke down.” 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E-lX42_btg

Rep. Shontel Brown has issued a statement in the aftermath of the death of Jayland Walker. 

“I join with so many in the Akron community in mourning the death of Jayland Walker, who was revered as ‘a neighbor, brother, and nephew’ and, I’m sure, so much more,” said Brown, whose 11th Congressional District includes Akron. “I am gravely concerned about the killing of a young Black man at the hands of police, especially as it happens all too often across this country. As we await further details regarding the shooting, I urge the City of Akron and its Police Department to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation to fully inform Mr. Walker’s family and our community and ensure accountability.”  

In addition, the Black Elected Officials of Summit County (BEOSC) are calling on the Department of Justice to investigate Walker’s shooting. BEOSC President and Summit County Councilwoman Veronica Sims said:

“As Black people, we are too often considered suspect and perceived as threatening, which is why the killing of Mr. Walker is so disturbing.  After being shot 60 times, police still deemed it necessary to bind his hands in cuffs.  Mr. Walker was already dead.  When are we not a threat?  The Summit County Black Elected Officials offer our sincerest condolences to the loved ones of Jayland and assure that we will be vigilant and watchful as the investigation details unfold.”

We have team coverage on the Walker story to kick off Friday’s edition of 3News’ ‘What’s New.’ Marisa Saenz spoke with Robert DiCello, the attorney representing the Walker family. DiCello is among those who have already seen the raw video of the shooting of Jayland Walker.

“It’s difficult to watch,” DiCello said. “I’m here because the family wants me to tell Northeast Ohio, please do not meet violence with violence. The family doesn’t want a violent reaction, they just want peace, dignity and justice for Jayland.”

DiCello adds that the video also contradicts the Akron Police Department’s version of the shooting, which stated that Walker’s actions posed a “deadly threat” to police. “The shooting is not justified based on what the video shows,” DiCello said. “He makes no gesture. He doesn’t point at them (officers). He’s seen running away when the gunfire erupts. That’s it.” 

Meanwhile, Amani Abraham spoke with Akron NAACP President Judi Hill, who spoke about the Walker family’s request for peace and understanding. 

Neil Fischer also provided coverage of Friday’s protests in Akron

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Police Chief Steve Mylett will hold a 1 p.m. press conference on Sunday, July 3, that “will provide further details of the officer-involved shooting of Jayland Walker.”

“Chief Mylett will be meeting with members of the Walker family and their representation before the press conference to allow them the opportunity to review the footage before the media and public,” according to a press release sent early Friday afternoon from city officials.

Earlier Friday, 3News’ Austin Love witnessed trucks being used to block some streets downtown (East Bowery / High), but he later reported the truck was moved to allow traffic to pass around 8:30 a.m. 

It comes after a protest was held in the area Thursday in response to Walker’s death. He died early Monday morning after he was shot by police amid an overnight chase.

RELATED: 3News Investigates: Exclusive interview with family of Jayland Walker, killed in a hail of gunfire from 8 Akron officers

In response to the situation, Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan has announced the city’s Rib, White and Blue Festival has been canceled for the entire July 4 holiday weekend.

“I completely understand that some residents and guests will be disappointed by the decision to cancel the festival this holiday weekend,” Mayor Horrigan said in a statement Thursday. “Independence Day is meant to be a celebration and a time of gathering with friends and family. Unfortunately, I feel strongly that this is not the time for a city-led celebration.”

That also means no holiday weekend activities will be held downtown at Lock 3. Mayor Horrigan’s office says all vendors and musical acts will be “compensated accordingly.”

“The city encourages residents and guests to find other opportunities for their weekend plans,” city officials noted.

The community fireworks scheduled for Patterson Park and near the former Rubber Bowl will still go on as planned at 9:45 p.m. Monday.

3News’ Investigates confirmed Wednesday that Walker was struck dozens of times as more than 90 shots were fired by eight police officers. Officers say Walker made a motion that caused them to fear for their lives.

At some point, police say Walker fired a gun during the situation. 

“The gun Walker is believed to have fired was still in his car,” according sources in previous reporting from Phil Trexler and Marisa Saenz of 3News’ Investigates. “Shell casings from his gun were found inside his car and on the roadway near state Route 8, police sources told 3News Investigates.”

The officers involved have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is the department’s policy.

Akron police are expected to release body camera footage of the incident in the coming days.

Editor’s note: Video in the player above was originally published in a previous story on June 30, 2022.

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