Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Evening bell issued in Akron, Ohio amid protests over Jayland Walker’s death

The mayor of Akron, Ohio, on Monday enforced a curfew for the city’s downtown while protesters took to the streets to protest the police’s murder of 25-year-old Jayland Walker.

In a press release, Mayor Dan Horrigan accused protesters of destroying property and committing violent acts during Monday’s protests.

“As the night wore on and others began to join in, the protests no longer became peaceful,” Horrigan said. “Significant property damage has been done to the center of Akron. Small businesses up and down Main St. ‘s windows were broken. We can and will not tolerate violence or the destruction of property. ”

Horrigan declared a state of emergency for Akron and canceled a Fourth of July fireworks display while imposing a curfew rule.

Horrigan said he would lift the curfew rule Wednesday morning in an effort to “support everyone who is protesting peacefully.”

“I plan to lift the curfew rule in our city center’s footsteps from tomorrow,” Horrigan said in a press release on Tuesday. “As always, public safety remains our top priority and I call on our community to report any cases or threats of violence or destruction so that a small group of rioters does not cause further damage to our city and small businesses.”

The protests in downtown Akron took place after law enforcement officers released body camera footage Sunday of eight officers who shot Walker on June 27 after he tried to flee the scene of a traffic stop. Law enforcement officers could not confirm how many times Walker was shot, but according to autopsy reports, he had more than 60 gunshot wounds to his body.

The eight officers involved are currently on administrative leave while an investigation is underway. The investigation is being handled by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, the Ohio Attorney General’s Office and Akron’s Department of the Interior.

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