Jayland Walker’s family attorneys speak after Akron police release body camera video of fatal shooting

Published: Jul. 3, 2022 at 2:02 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2022 at 2:31 PM EDT
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AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Akron police and city officials held a news conference Sunday, July 3 to release body camera video from the fatal shooting of Jayland Walker.

Walker, 25, of Akron, was shot and killed by Akron police on Monday, June 27.

The Walker family’s legal counsel, Bobby DiCello, Ken Abbarno, and Paige White of DiCello Levitt Gutzler, addressed the media and public after the news conference.

Photo of Jayland Walker
Photo of Jayland Walker(Source: WOIO)

“Each time I have watched the video, it has gotten worse for me,” said attorney Ken Abbarno.

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“Nobody should ever suffer the fate that Jayland Walker did,” said attorney Paige White. “We demand justice for Jayland Walker.”

“Please, please be peaceful today,” said attorney Bobby DiCello,

Akron police said they attempted to pull over Walker around 12:30 a.m. June 27 in the area of Thayer and E. Tallmadge Avenues, but Walker refused to stop and a chase began.

According to family attorney Bobby Dicello, officers attempted to pull over Walker for a traffic and equipment violation.

Near the intersection of E. Wilbeth Road and Clairmont Street, officers said Walker fled from the car on foot and ran into a nearby parking lot.

According to police, officers fired at Walker because they believed he ”posed a deadly threat to them.”

Walker was pronounced dead at the scene and the Summit County Medical Examiner said he died of multiple gunshot wounds. Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett said the medical examiner will now determine how many times Walker was shot.

At this time, Chief Mylett said it is also not known how many shots were fired by the officers.

Officers said during the pursuit, a gun was fired from Walker’s vehicle.

According to Chief Mylett, a gun was recovered in Walker’s vehicle and a shell casing was found on the side of the road on the path of the chase.

The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation, which will be handled by agents with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).

“People want and deserve answers, and they shall have them. BCI will conduct a complete, fair and expert investigation,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost. “Body-worn camera footage is just one view of the whole picture – before drawing conclusions, the full review must take place.”

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