One protester, who goes by the moniker Comrade Ohio on Twitter, tweeted a video showing a dumpster on fire in the city. The dumpster is located close to the police headquarters
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Police in Akron, Ohio, unleashed a wave of tear gas on protesters who gathered outside of the city’s main courthouse on Sunday night.

The fresh protest came in the hours after the Akron Police Department released the bodycam footage showing the shooting death of 25-year-old Jayland Walker. 

Walker was killed after being shot at least 60 times by Akron cops following a traffic stop on June 27. 

Riot police used tear gas in response to a protester who was taking down barriers that were set up outside of the police headquarters. Authorities responded by coming out in ‘full riot gear,’ reports WKYC. 

A row of dumpsters was also pictured on fire, although there does not appear to be any major damage to property in the city. 

One protester, who goes by the moniker Comrade Ohio on Twitter, tweeted a video showing a dumpster on fire in the city. The dumpster is located close to the police headquarters

One protester, who goes by the moniker Comrade Ohio on Twitter, tweeted a video showing a dumpster on fire in the city. The dumpster is located close to the police headquarters

ComradeOhio also shared clips of tear gas being deployed during Sunday's disturbances

ComradeOhio also shared clips of tear gas being deployed during Sunday’s disturbances

Riot police are pictured gathered in Akron on Sunday evening

Riot police are pictured gathered in Akron on Sunday evening

At one point, a shirtless male protester could be seen facing-off with cops

At one point, a shirtless male protester could be seen facing-off with cops 

Jayland Walker, 25, was shot dead by police in Akron, Ohio after officers tried to stop him for a traffic violation

Jayland Walker, 25, was shot dead by police in Akron, Ohio after officers tried to stop him for a traffic violation

WKYC’s Neil Fischer said that police used ‘at least a dozen’ tear gas cans on protesters which resulted in many of the gathered crowd leaving the area. Fisher said that you could smell the tear gas in the air more than 15 minutes after it was used. 

Fellow WKYC reporter Emma Henderson tweeted: ‘Tear gas is flowing. We were well over a block away from where it was fired and it’s in our noses, eyes and throats. Protesters are finding each other water and moving away.’ 

One protester, who goes by the moniker Comrade Ohio on Twitter, tweeted a video showing a dumpster on fire in the city. 

The dumpster is located close to the police headquarters, reports WKYC.  

He tweeted: ‘City gonna burn. Tear gas deployed. Justice for Jayland Walker. Abolish APD. They are flying the blue line flag. Come downtown y’all. We need more people.’ 

Following the release of the bodycam footage showing the shooting of Walker, the Fraternal Order of Police’s Akron Lodge #7 said that the car being driven by the victim was involving a ‘felony fleeing police chase’ the previous morning. 

That chase took place just north of Akron in Franklin Township. 

The press release adds: ‘We believe the independent investigation will justify the officers’ actions, including the number of shots fired. The decision to deploy lethal force as well as the number of shots fired is consistent with use of force protocols and officers’ training.’ 

The Akron NAACP held a rally and march in downtown Sunday after police released the body camera footage. Sunday marks the fourth day of protests calling for accountability and transparency within the Akron Police Department.

The protest that took place outside of the courthouse and the police headquarters was not part of the NAACP march, reports Cleveland.com. 

The crowd outside of the courtroom tweeted: ‘Hey, hey, ho, ho, these racist cops have got to go.’ According to Cleveland.com, many from the NAACP march eventually joined the protest outside of the police station.

One woman was quoted by the website as saying over a megaphone: ‘I didn’t know him, but I feel y’all pain. I want y’all to know, this thing is trending everywhere, Nigeria, Germany. We can’t let this keep happening to us. My heart goes out to all of [those] getting killed in these streets. It ain’t right, we need to stand together.’

During that woman’s speech, she said that she refused to buy her son a toy gun because she was afraid that police officers would mistake it for a real gun. 

An armed member of the Black Panthers told 19 News on Sunday: ‘That was murder. They (police) lying. They shot him while he was running. He was running away from them. That was murder.’

The station said that the man was with at least three other armed men in the protest.  

LeBron James, who was born and grew up in Akron, asked his followers to pray for his city

LeBron James, who was born and grew up in Akron, asked his followers to pray for his city

LeBron later released a separate statement through his foundation's Instagram page

LeBron later released a separate statement through his foundation’s Instagram page

Meanwhile Los Angeles Lakers and Akron native LeBron James tweeted shortly after the bodycam footage was made public: ‘I pray for my city today!’

In a separate statement on his foundation’s Instagram page, LeBron said: ‘Akron is our home and it is our daily work to build up and bring people together in positive and peaceful ways, which is what we will support today and always.’

It continued: ‘This starts with justice and accountability first and continues with love, family, and coming together to create change. We are family.’ 

Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan also commented on the footage, saying: ‘The video is heartbreaking, it’s hard to take in.’ 

Jayland Walker's family have pleaded with protesters to remain peaceful in the wake of his death

Jayland Walker’s family have pleaded with protesters to remain peaceful in the wake of his death

Attorney Bobby DiCello, who represents Walker’s family, described the video as ‘brutal’ in comments published on Saturday by the Akron Beacon Journal.

He said Walker’s relatives worried that protests this weekend could turn violent.

‘We’re all bracing for the community’s response, and the one message that we have is the family does not need any more violence,’ DiCello said.

Officials joined the family on Sunday, calling for peaceful demonstrations as furious residents take to the streets.  

Walker’s aunt, Minnie, called for peace saying: ‘We don’t show creditability if we don’t do it right.’ 

In May 2020, the Akron Police Department fired multiple volleys of tear gas on protesters just in the protests in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, reports the Akron Beacon Journal. 

The shocking footage showed multiple officers approach Walker’s vehicle and open fire as he fled on foot. The hail of bullets sounded like ‘a whole brick of fireworks going off,’ the family’s attorney alleged.

Video from the scene also showed a gun on the front seat of Walker’s car, contradicting earlier reports that the 25-year-old had been unarmed.  

The cameras captured what appeared to be a flash of a gun coming from Walker’s car during the chase. Akron police previously claimed Walker had fired a gun at officers who were pursuing him.

The medical examiner determined Walker had suffered 60 gunshot wounds during the incident, Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett confirmed Sunday. The exact number of shots fired remains under investigation, but initial estimates suggested a hail of 90 bullets.

The hail of bullets sounded like 'a whole brick of fireworks going off,' the family's attorney said

The hail of bullets sounded like ‘a whole brick of fireworks going off,’ the family’s attorney said

Police have released heartbreaking body camera footage of the moment Jayland Walker was shot 60 times in hail of 90 bullets on June 27

Police have released heartbreaking body camera footage of the moment Jayland Walker was shot 60 times in hail of 90 bullets on June 27

Akron police say the white light circled is a muzzle flash that came from Walker's car as he allegedly fired at them during a chase. They've used a red arrow to show his car

Police have released heartbreaking body camera footage of the moment Jayland Walker was shot 60 times in hail of 90 bullets on June 27

Video from the scene showed a gun on the front seat of Walker's car, contradicting earlier reports that the 25-year-old had been unarmed

Video from the scene showed a gun on the front seat of Walker’s car, contradicting earlier reports that the 25-year-old had been unarmed

Mylett said officers rendered aid to Walker as soon as gunfire ceased, but he still died at the scene. 

Eight cops were directly involved in the shooting. Mylett said they have been placed administrative leave while the Bureau of Criminal Investigation probes the incident.

The shooting was the latest in a spate of killings of black men by law enforcement in the United States that critics say are unjustified, including the 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis that ignited global protests against police brutality and racial injustice. 

Police released two police body-camera videos from the fatal shooting during Sunday’s press conference.

 

The first video showed cops pursuing Walker’s silver Buick on Route 8 around 12.30am in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood. They attempted to pull him over for a traffic and equipment violation. 

The video showed Walker’s car taking an onramp and a flash of light that Mylett said appeared to be a flash of a gun coming from the driver’s side of Walker’s car.

A second camera recorded officers saying they heard at least one shot being fired from Walker’s vehicle. The cops follow Walker off Route 8 and continue the pursuit on the city streets. 

Walker slowed down and jumped out of the car before it came to a full stop. Video then shows the 25-year-old exiting the passenger side door in a ski mask and running off.

Multiple officers run after Walker, who seemingly looked over his shoulder, while cops opened fire at him.

Mylett claims he watched the video at least 40 times and stated there are still photos showing Walker apparently reach for his waistband, turn towards cops and move his arm forward. 

DailyMail.com cannot verify Mylett’s statements as Walker’s face and body were blurred out in the video at the request of his family. 

The city of Akron has a population of around 200,000 and is located 30 miles southeast of Cleveland. 

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