Jayland Walker capturing: Police chief says he suffered a minimum of 60 wounds in deadly police capturing when authorities launched bodycam footage
City officials also played police body camera footage of the shooting for the first time on Sunday, nearly a week after the fatal shooting. The video raises more questions about the shooting of the unarmed black man, which is being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations (BCI).
Police said the shooting happened after Walker, 25, fled as officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop for traffic and equipment violations on Monday, June 27.
After a chase, Walker got out of his car and a foot chase ensued, police said. Officers believed Walker grabbed his waist, and they “felt Mr. Walker had turned and was waving and moving into a firing position,” Mylett said.
However, Walker was not armed, Mylett said Sunday.
A shot was fired from Walker’s car during the chase, police said.
In an annotated body camera video, police said that about 40 seconds after Walker drove away from police, “a sound equivalent to a gunshot is heard on officers’ body-worn cameras.” Police also said that at the time of the noise, “a flash of light” could be seen on the driver’s side of the car.
“It changes the whole nature of the traffic holdup,” Mylett said at Sunday’s news conference. “It went from being a routine traffic stop to a public safety issue. And then the persecution continued.”
The video released by police includes footage from the body-worn cameras of 13 officers who were at the scene.
Towards the end of the chase, some of the footage shows that the silver car Walker was driving stopped before he began exiting the driver’s side of the vehicle.
At least one officer yells, “Show me your hands” and tells him not to move. Video shows Walker getting back into the car, which is slowly moving forward. He is then seen getting out the passenger door and running away from the officers.
The video’s police narrative states that officers “attempted to take the suspect into safe custody by using their tasers,” and shows a still image of an officer using a taser. The tasers were unsuccessful and Walker kept running, the narrative says.
At least one officer yells at Walker to show his hands, video shows. The pursuit on foot lasted several seconds, and at one point “Walker stopped and quickly turned to face the pursuing officers,” the police narrative said. “The officers responded by firing their firearms and hitting the suspect.”
Dozens of gunshots are heard over seven seconds as officers fire at Walker, a series of videos show.
The shooting ended after at least one officer yelled “Close guns” three times.
Police said images of Walker when he was shot have been blurred at the family’s request, but in some footage he appears to be on the ground while the gunfire continues.
A handgun and a loaded magazine were found in Walker’s car after the shooting, police said, along with a gold ring.
Eight officers were “directly involved in the shooting,” Mylett said, and all have been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with department guidelines.
The BCI, which is investigating the fatal shooting, has yet to confirm how many times Walker was shot, Mylett said, and it’s still unknown how many shots were fired.
“However, based on the video, I assume that number will be high,” he said. “Many rounds were fired.”
Mylett said officers found a bullet casing near the scene of the attempted traffic stop that “matched the firearm Mr. Walker had in his vehicle. The BCI will determine whether or not this case came from the gun.”
He added that a traffic camera caught “what we think is a muzzle flash coming out of the car. Again, the BCI will determine whether or not this is the case.”
Walker died from multiple gunshot wounds to the face, abdomen and thighs, CNN affiliate WEWS reported, citing findings from its media partner Akron Beacon Journal.
The Journal, which was allowed to see an investigation worksheet in the coroner’s office, said it “showed that Walker was observed lying on his back and handcuffed when a coroner’s investigator arrived at the scene.”
The Walker family demands peace and justice
Robert Dejournett, a relative of Walker who is pastor of St. Ashworth Temple Church of God In Christ in Akron, told CNN’s Polo Sandoval the family wants Walker to be remembered as a fun-loving young man who was full of life.
“We’re godly people who believe in God, and we want to live that as an example in this process,” Dejournett said. “We don’t want any riots or anything like that.”
Dejournett said the family hoped the shooting would lead to systemic change.
“We want to take that, and we want to use it for the benefit of system change,” Dejournett said. “We want to be treated like people, you know, black men, young men, they’re scared when it comes to the police — it shouldn’t be,” he said.
Attorneys for Jayland Walker’s family held a press conference shortly after police released the footage, stressing that while the family wants answers from the police, they also want the public to “give peace, give dignity and give justice a chance.” – for Jayland”.
“Every time I watch the video, it gets worse for me,” said attorney Ken Abbarno. “Every movement I see, every shot I’ve heard, and every time I see Jayland lying on the ground, it just gets more and more terrifying.”
Abbarno said the video was “much more than ‘difficult to see.’ It’s something that should never be seen.”
Bobby DiCello, another family attorney, said Walker “had never broken the law a day in his life — no crime whatsoever.” DiCello said Walker’s behavior on Monday “would indicate some distress, some fear, something he was going through.” .
The police union supports the officers
The Akron Police Union believes the officers involved in the shooting were justified in their actions, “including (with) the number of shots fired,” said a statement released Sunday by Akron Lodge No. 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police was published.
“The decision to use lethal force, as well as the number of shots fired, is consistent with the use of force protocols and officer training,” the statement said.
Each officer is “fully cooperating” with the independent investigation being conducted by the BCI, the statement said.
The City of Akron is asking the public to remain calm
Before releasing the footage, Akron officials asked the community to be patient and allow the investigation to go ahead while they peacefully protested if they did choose to demonstrate.
“I will not mince my words — the video you are about to watch is heartbreaking and very difficult to digest,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a press conference ahead of the footage’s release.
The Mayor recognized the right of Akron residents to protest. “But I hope the community can agree that violence and destruction is not the answer,” he said, calling for the demonstrations to remain peaceful.
“Please be patient and let the attorney general do his job,” he said.
City leaders stressed that the footage was released in accordance with a new city ordinance that requires video footage documenting the use of force by an active police officer to be released within seven days of the incident.
Mylett said the city welcomes peaceful protests but is prepared if demonstrations turn violent.
“We have developed an operational plan to manage people in this city and provide safe space to protest,” Mylett said. “And in the event that a situation arises where it is no longer peaceful, we have an operational plan for that as well and I will not go into details about it.”