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JOIN US IN TELLING THE MAYOR: JAYLAND’S LIFE MATTERED AND IT’S TIME FOR CITIZENS TO OVERSEE THE AKRON POLICE DEPARTMENT.
We Believe Jayland Walker Was Murdered by City of Akron Police Officers.
The following is a brief summary of the encounter.
The Encounter. Jayland Walker was attacked by no less than eight (8) uniformed police officers working for the City of Akron.
The Response We Expect. Only two (2) of those officers demonstrated the restraint and decision-making skills we expect from our civil servants to use non-lethal means of obtaining compliance from a citizen (Tasers in this particular encounter.)
The Overwhelmingly Deadly Response. Of the total number of officers who engaged Jayland, a total of over 90 shots were fired at him using devastatingly lethal service weapons (most-likely department-issued Glock 9mm semi-automatic pistols).
The Total Damage Revealed. According to autopsy findings reported by the Summit County Medical Examiner, there were a total of 46 total entry wounds to Jayland's body, with the numbers in the following locations:
Demand Justice for Jayland Walker
The Facts of Jayland Walker’s Encounter with Akron Police Officers Only Confirm Our Suspicions.
The following is a detailed summary of the encounter.
On June 27, 2022, Jayland Walker, an unarmed, 25-year-old Black resident of Akron, Ohio, was shot multiple times and tragically killed by officers of the Akron Police Department as they pursued him for a minor traffic violation. (The car had a broken taillight and a missing license plate bulb.)
The incident elicited outrage in the Akron community and across the nation, both for another senseless police killing of a Black man, and because the medical examiner’s report found that the unarmed Walker died amid a barrage of police gunfire.
As Walker lay incapacitated and bleeding on the ground, Akron officers inhumanely handcuffed him while they awaited medical transport.
As the Walker family and the Akron community tried to heal, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) began investigating Jayland’s killing, the Akron Fraternal Order of Police spoke publicly in support of the officers.
It was disappointing—but not unexpected—that the FOP attempted to frame evidence and use the media to shift public perception in favor of the officers.
In October, the Akron Police Department sparked more community anger when the Chief of Police, Steve Mylett, reinstated the eight officers involved in Walker’s death while they were still the subjects of a BCI criminal investigation.
Officers Showed Zero Sympathy. Officers handcuffed the critically injured Jayland Walker to await medical transport.
Jayland Was Operating Lawfully. According to autopsy findings reported by the Summit County Medical Examiner, Jayland was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The Number of Officer-Involved Shootings May Alarm you
According to The Washington Post, there have been 8,084 people shot by police in the United States since 2015.
The Washington Post also reveals that 1,097 people in the United States were shot by police officers.
The website Mapping Police Violence reports that there have been 13 days in 2022 when police killed Black people in Ohio. (See the graphic below.)