‘Significant’ damages reported in Akron after unrest at Jayland Walker protests (photos)
AKRON, Ohio (WOIO) - Protests calling for justice in the police shooting death of Jayland Walker took a turn Sunday as day turned to night, with police firing tear gas as people marched.
The city of Akron has now issued a overnight curfew for downtown, in effect until further notice.
A statement from the Akron mayor said, in part: “As night fell and others began to join, the protests became no longer peaceful. There was significant property damage done to downtown Akron. Small businesses up and down Main St. have had their windows broken.”
Walker’s family and Akron city officials had called for peace following the release of body camera footage showing the 25-year-old die in a hail of police gunfire.
Throughout the day, hundreds of demonstrators marched and protested in peace, with leaders urging everyone to remain calm through their outrage.
The shift came around 10 p.m. when someone set fire to a dumpster. 19 News has learned a good Samaritan put out the flames.
As the civil unrest continued, some vehicles including trucks and ATVs barreled past barricades blocking off parts of downtown Akron.
One business, Cilantro Thai and Sushi Restaurant, asked for no more violence in a Facebook post sharing photos of their busted windows.
Early Monday morning, glass from the shattered windows of a snow plow remained scattered on the ground near High and Bowery streets.
19 News is working to learn if any protestors were arrested and has reached out to Akron police for more information.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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