Angry activists on Friday rallied within the metropolis of Akron within the Midwestern United States following one more police capturing demise of a Black man earlier this week.
Jayland Walker, 25, was shot and killed Monday, after officers tried to cease his automobile over a visitors violation, the police division within the metropolis of Akron, Ohio mentioned.
But Walker drove off and fired a shot as police engaged in a automobile chase, which lasted a number of minutes. He ultimately received out of his automobile, whereas it was nonetheless transferring, and fled on foot.
Several officers lastly chased Walker to a parking zone, the place “actions by the suspect caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them,” main them to open fireplace, the police assertion mentioned.
Walker was pronounced useless on the scene. Officials have offered few particulars of the capturing, promising to launch body-cam video from the scene quickly, however native media have reported that dozens of pictures had been fired.
“Jayland was a sweet young man, he never caused any trouble,” his aunt Lajuana Walker-Dawkins informed reporters. “This is not a monster. This is not a man who ever caught a crime in his life,”s assist Attorney Bobby Di Cello, who represents Walker’s household. He informed the Washington Post that it was unclear why Walker had fled the police.
The incident was the newest demise of an African- American citizen by the hands of police, occasions which have sparked mass protests over racism social justice and police brutality. Small demonstrations had been held in Akron in current days and a much bigger rally was scheduled for Sunday.
Fearing potential unrest, authorities within the metropolis of 190,000 individuals moved snowplows and different heavy tools close to the police division to function obstacles, in response to native media.
Authorities additionally canceled a pageant deliberate for the July 4th weekend.