Authorities in Ohio were scheduled to release body camera footage Sunday of the fatal shooting of Black motorist Jayland Walker after Akron police say he fled a traffic stop last week.
Police Chief Steve Mylett told the Akron Beacon Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network, that the department would release all footage of Monday’s shooting, rather than just the three videos required by law within one week, after first showing the footage to Walker’s family.
The Akron chapter of the NAACP planned a march and rally downtown Sunday afternoon to coincide with the release of videos.
According to Bobby DiCello, an attorney for Walker’s family, footage shows police firing dozens of shots, shooting Walker in the face, abdomen, arms and legs as he tried to run away.
“This is going to be a brutal video. It’s going to stir up some passion. It’s going to make people uneasy,” DiCello said ahead of the video’s release.
WHAT WE KNOW:Akron police fatally shot Jayland Walker
Police said Walker, a 25-year-old DoorDash driver, refused to stop his car and fired at officers during a chase. Akron police said Walker jumped out of his rolling vehicle and created a “deadly threat,” leading officers to use stun guns and then firearms.
Walker was found lying on his back while in handcuffs when a medical examiner arrived at the scene, according to an investigative worksheet for the case shown to the Beacon Journal at the medical examiner’s office. Walker had been shot in the face, abdomen and upper legs, the report said, adding that a weapon was recovered from his vehicle.
Traffic camera video obtained by the Beacon Journal shows at least 10 police cruisers pursuing Walker’s vehicle at one point during the chase.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said Walker died from multiple gunshot wounds and ruled it a homicide. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting the investigation at the request of Akron police.
The shooting sparked several days of protest from racial justice advocates. It’s the third fatal shooting by a police officer in six months in Akron. On Saturday afternoon, a crowd of more than 100 gathered outside the city courthouse and chanted, “No justice, no peace, prosecute the police.”
“Jayland was a wonderful, wonderful young man,” said Robert DeJournett, pastor at St. Ashworth Temple in Akron, who said he was a relative of Walker’s.
“We just want everyone to know who Jayland was,” Walker’s aunt, Lajuana Walker-Dawkins, said. “We don’t want him to be portrayed as some thug.”
The city canceled it’s Rib, White, & Blue Festival that had been scheduled to open Friday and run through the Fourth of July.
“I completely understand that some residents and guests will be disappointed by the decision to cancel the festival this holiday weekend,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said in a statement. “Unfortunately, I feel strongly that this is not the time for a city-led celebration.”
Contributing: Christine Fernando and Claire Thornton, USA TODAY; The Akron Beacon Journal