Ohio law enforcement officials shot fugitive blacks dozens of instances, legal professional says

July 2 (Reuters) – Police killed Jayland Walker, a Black Ohio man, by shooting him dozens of times as he ran from officers after a traffic stop, a lawyer for his family said, citing a police body-worn camera video. will be announced on Sunday.

In comments published Saturday by the Akron Beacon Journal, attorney Bobby DiCello described the video as “brutal”, and said Walker’s loved ones were worried that protests this weekend could become into violence.

The shooting is the latest in a series of black murders by law enforcement in the United States that critics say are unfounded, including the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. , sparking global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.

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“We are all preparing for the community response, and the one message we have is that the family doesn’t need any more violence,” DiCello said.

Akron police said Walker, 25, opened fire on officers who were pursuing him. They plan to release their body camera footage after a press conference on Sunday, hours before a protest march is scheduled.

Rodderick Pounds Sr., pastor of Second Baptist Church in Akron, said during a prayer gathering there Saturday, after he was allowed to watch the video before it was made public.

Pounds declined to describe the details of “the graphic video the world is about to see,” but he called the footage “shocking”, saying it showed Walker was not threatening when he was shot down in a way the pastor likened as a “massacre”. “

“It’s barbaric,” Pounds said in an interview with local broadcaster WEWS-TV. “You’ll see tomorrow.”

Officials say the deadly confrontation began when officers tried to stop Walker for a traffic violation while he was driving early Monday morning. Walker fled, according to the Akron Police Department, which said officers reported a gun was fired from Walker’s vehicle.

After a few minutes, Walker got out of his car and ran, while officers chased him on foot and shot him, saying he posed a “fatal threat,” the police department said. in a statement on Tuesday.

Walker is presumed dead in the parking lot where he fell. Police representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

DiCello said his team had not seen any evidence Walker had fired the weapon and police camera footage showed him turning his back on officers when they shot him down.

DiCello told Beacon Journal: “He was just in a sprint when he was dumped. “Now how much of that land is there, according to our investigation right now, we’re getting details showing 60 to 80 injuries.”

DiCello said it’s unclear how many bullets hit Walker because bullets can cause injuries as they enter and exit the body.

WJW-TV said a preliminary report from the medical examiner’s office showed Walker suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head, torso and legs, and a weapon was recovered by the Ohio Department of Criminal Investigations. recovered from a car, although it is not specified which type. car.

Pounds told WEWS that Walker was “unarmed when he was shot. It was in his car.”

Adding to the tragedy, according to the Beacon Journal, Walker’s fiancé died in a car crash last month, though WJW cites attorneys for his family as saying Walker had no intention of harming her. himself or another person when he is killed.

Officials involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave during an investigation, the ministry statement said.

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Reporting by Jason Lange and Jonathan Landay in Washington; Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Edited by Daniel Wallis

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