Protesters took to the streets of Akron, Ohio on Sunday to demand justice for the killing of 25-year-old Jayland Walker, a Black man whose body was found with some 60 gunshot wounds after he fled a traffic stop last week.
The march, led by the civil rights organization Akron National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), gathered hundreds of demonstrators who marched in the streets, waving “Black Lives Matter” flags and chanting “we are done dying!” and “justice for Jayland!”
Sunday’s protest began shortly after Akron police released bodycam video, which shows eight police officers were involved in a shooting that killed Walker.
Police played multiple videos at an earlier news conference, one of which they say shows a gunshot being fired from the car driven by Walker. He fled in his vehicle after officers attempted to pull him over for a minor traffic violation.
After a chase lasting several minutes, Walker jumped out of the car and ran away from police, the video showed. Police said it appears he was turning toward officers, who at the time believed he was armed. A gun was later recovered from his car.
The eight officers directly involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, Akron Police Chief Stephen Mylett said, and they have not made any individual statements.
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