Eight police officers have been found not guilty by a jury in the murder of 25-year-old Walker in the city of Akron last year, in a chase after he was stopped in traffic, according to a statement released by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, who made a statement regarding the jury’s decision, stated that Walker did not obey the police’s stop order and after he got out of his vehicle and fled, he put his hand on his waist and created the perception that he would pull a gun on the police officers.
Yost said police officers did not know that Walker had left his gun in the car, and that Walker was the first to open fire in the chase with the vehicle.
Speaking after hearing the jury’s verdict with Walker’s family, U.S. Representative Emilia Sykes said: “I still don’t understand how the cops could explain 46 bullet holes in a young man’s body.” said.
Skyes urged residents of the city of Akron to raise their voices “non-violently” “against injustice”.
Akron Mayor Daniel Horrigan also noted that they are aware of the anger of many over the decision, but that their protest should be peaceful.
Horrigan said, “Come closer to each other, not to each other.” used the phrase.
According to the Akron Police Department, on June 27, 2022, Jayland Walker was stopped by the police for a traffic violation, and during the chase, 46 of the more than 90 bullets fired from the gun of the police hit the black youth, causing his death.
The family’s lawyer, Bobby DiCello, recorded that his hands were cuffed behind his back when he was taken to the hospital.
The shooting of the black youth caused great reactions in the city, and after the protests, the police involved in the incident had to go on administrative leave.