SIGN THIS PETITION TO OPPOSE JAYLAND’S MURDER
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:
Timeline OF KEY EVENTS
Following is a timeline of the events surrounding Jayland Walker’s death.
June 27, 2022
- At approximately 12:30 am, Akron police officers pursue a car driven by 25-year-old Jayland Walker on Route 8, southbound to Interstate 77 and the Firestone Park neighborhood in Akron for a minor traffic violation involving an unspecified equipment failure.
- After several minutes, Walker eventually slows his car and exits the vehicle, unarmed, running towards a nearby parking lot.
- Officers briefly give chase on foot, unsuccessfully attempting to stop Walker with tasers.
- Seconds later, at approximately 12:37 am, eight pursuing officers open fire on Walker, shooting approximately 90+ rounds, many of them at the back of the unarmed Black man. Walker is struck by 46 rounds in the head, torso, pelvis, legs, and arms.
- Mortally wounded and incapacitated, Walker falls to the ground, where he is handcuffed by police officers as they wait for an ambulance to arrive.
June 28, 2022
- Akron Chief of Police, Steve Mylett, turns investigation over to Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
June 30, 2022
- Akron residents flood city streets in protest, and attorneys for the Walker family, led by Bobby DiCello and Ken Abbarno of DiCello Levitt, hold a press conference to appeal for peace.
July 3, 2022
- The City of Akron holds a press conference and releases an edited, narrated video of officer body-camera footage, showing a portion of the incident.
July 4, 2022
- More than 50 protestors are arrested.
July 13, 2022
- Jayland Walker’s funeral is held in Akron, attended by nearly family, friends, community members, and national celebrities.
July 22, 2022
- DiCello Levitt drafts police reform legislation that would provide civilian oversight of the Akron police. DiCello Levitt also communicates with community organizers to get a petition drafted, distributed, and signed by citizens of Akron to put the legislation on the coming November 2022 ballot. If passed, the law would create the framework for a citizen’s review board that would review instances of police misconduct in the City of Akron – a law that Akron citizens have been seeking since 1968.
July 23, 2022
- Bobby DiCello is contacted regarding the legislation that DiCello Levitt initiated and which would create a citizen’s review board that would oversee police misconduct in the City of Akron. DiCello convinces state congressional leadership that Jayland’s name must be in the legislation. The final draft of “Issue 10” is born. It features Jayland’s name in its preamble, and it is thereafter commonly referred to as “Jayland’s Law.”
August 24, 2022
- Freedom Bloc, a not-for-profit organization with a mission of equipping and educating the Black community with tools to foster political change, demands police and civic reform, delivering a petition of 5,800 signatures to city officials which puts Issue 10 (Jayland’s Law) on the ballot for November 8, 2022.
September 7, 2022
- Additional officer body-camera footage of part of the incident is released, showing how police managed the crime scene. Full body camera footage of the complete incident has yet to be released.
October 11, 2022
- Chief Mylett reinstates the eight officers involved in Walker’s shooting, citing a police staffing shortage. Pastors and leaders question Mylett’s actions and his character in an open letter.
November 8, 2022
- Akron Issue 10 (Jayland’s Law) is passed with 62% voter approval, requiring the city to create a civilian police oversight board.