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Black man was unarmed when 8 Ohio officers opened fire on him: family lawyer


As Ohio police officials are set to release officer body camera footage of a 25-year-old black man killed in what appears to be a hail of bullets fired by eight officers, a lawyer for the man’s family says the video he saw shows him unarmed and fleeing when he was.

As Jayland Walker’s family demanded answers about the circumstances of last week’s murder, which authorities say took place following a police chase, large protests erupted in Akron, Utah. Ohio, with protesters marching to the city’s police headquarters.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan and Police Chief Steve Mylett scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. Sunday, at which they said they would release new information about the shooting and the video. of the police body camera linked to Walker’s death.

Bobby DiCello, an attorney for Walker’s family, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​on Sunday that he was allowed to view the body camera footage before it was released to the public. He said footage showed an unarmed Walker running away from officers and looking over his shoulder as he was shot.

Jayland Walker is pictured in an undated family photo.

Walker family

DiCello claims the video shows Walker posed no threat to officers when they fired more than 60 shots.

“You can see his hands as he runs in the video,” DiCello told “GMA.”

ABC News has not seen the body camera footage or verified its contents.

He said the first two Akron police officers to engage Walker deployed their stun guns.

“Why are eight men shooting him, mostly from behind, as he runs away,” DiCello said.

Black man was unarmed when 8 Ohio officers opened fire on him: family lawyer

Pamela Walker and Jada Walker are overcome with grief during a press conference following the police shooting death of Jayland Walker in Akron, Ohio on June 30, 2022.

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DiCello said he saw no evidence in the video he reviewed that Walker posed a threat to officers.

“Just sprinting away from these men, he gets shot as he starts to turn around and look over his shoulder,” DiCello said.

“We would like to know why he was put down like a dog,” Walker’s aunt, LaJuana Dawkins, told “GMA.”

Black man was unarmed when 8 Ohio officers opened fire on him: family lawyer

Police are investigating the scene of the shooting of Jayland Walker in Akron, Ohio on June 30, 2022.

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Akron police officials said the fatal incident unfolded around 12:30 p.m. on June 27 in the North Hill neighborhood of Akron when officers attempted to arrest Walker for a traffic code violation. road. Police said the driver allegedly refused to stop, prompting a chase.

As Walker’s car drove toward a Highway 8 on-ramp, authorities said officers heard gunshots coming from the vehicle but did not observe a firearm.

As Walker approached an intersection, officers said they saw the vehicle slowing down. The driver then jumped out before the vehicle stopped and began to run, police said.

Black man was unarmed when 8 Ohio officers opened fire on him: family lawyer

Jayland Walker is pictured in an undated family photo.

Walker family

Eight officers ran after Walker, firing dozens of shots and hitting him repeatedly, officials said. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.

“The suspect’s actions caused officers to perceive that he posed a mortal threat to them. In response to this threat, officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect,” Akron police said in a statement. communicated.

Black man was unarmed when 8 Ohio officers opened fire on him: family lawyer

A protester yells at a police officer as he walks past the Akron City Justice Center in Akron, Ohio on July 2, 2022.

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DiCello confirmed to ABC News that a firearm, along with casings, was found in the backseat of Walker’s car.

The officers involved in the shooting are on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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