Police have released body camera footage after a black man was found with around 60 gunshot wounds after fleeing a traffic stop last week.
Eight Akron, Ohio police officers were involved in the shooting of 25-year-old Jayland Walker last week after a car and foot chase.
Police say they believe Walker was armed when he was shot, but the family’s attorney said his team saw no evidence Walker had fired a weapon and that footage of the Police body cameras showed him running with his back to officers when they shot him. .
Officers released several videos at a press conference, one of which they say shows a gunshot fired from the car being driven by Walker who was being chased by police.
Walker jumped out of the car and fled from authorities, the video showed.
Police say it appears he was turning to officers who at the time believed he had a weapon.
A firearm was later found in his car.
Walker family attorney Bobby DiCello warned the video was “blunt” in comments published Saturday by the Akron Beacon Journal.
“He’s just in a downward sprint when he’s let loose – I think the count is over 90 shots,” DiCello said.
“Now how many of these lands, according to our investigation at the moment, are we getting details that suggest 60 to 80 injuries.”
The incident led to eight city of Akron police officers being placed on paid administrative leave following the deadly encounter.
Speaking at a press conference moments before police body camera footage of the fatal incident was released, Mayor Daniel Horrigan said: ‘I know this is a dark occasion for all of us. and for the whole city. The city weeps with you.
“The video you are about to watch is heartbreaking and very difficult to watch and I have a number of questions myself.”
A lawyer for Walker’s family said his relatives fear protests in response to the murder could turn violent.
In its initial statement last week, the Akron Police Department said its officers “attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation” around 12:30 p.m. Monday.
The force said the driver refused to stop and officers pursued him, with police reporting “a firearm was discharged from the suspect vehicle”.
Police say Walker jumped out of his moving car and officers continued their pursuit on foot.
“The suspect’s actions caused officers to perceive that he posed a mortal threat to them,” the force said.
“In response to this threat, officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect.”
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The shooting was the latest in a string of killings of black men by law enforcement across the United States, including the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis that sparked global protests.
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