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Lawyer says Ohio police officers shot black man dozens of times – National | Nation World News

Police shot and killed a black man, Jayland Walker, dozens of times in Ohio as he fled officers after a traffic stop, a lawyer for his family said, citing a review of police body-worn camera footage. was to be made public. sunday.

In comments published Saturday by the Akron Beacon Journal, attorney Bobby DiCello called the video “brutal” and said that Walker’s relatives are concerned that protests this weekend could turn violent.

The shooting was the latest in killings of black men by law enforcement in the United States that critics say are unfair, including the 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which sparked global protests against police brutality and racial injustice. ignited.

“We are all prepared for the community’s response, and we have a message that the family does not need any more violence,” DiCello said.

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Akron police have said that 25-year-old Walker pointed a gun at officers following him. They plan to release their body camera footage after a news conference on Sunday, hours before the protest march is scheduled.

“Protests are a way of crying out,” said Pastor Roderick Pounds Sr., of the Second Baptist Church in Akron, during a prayer rally there on Saturday after he was allowed to watch the video before it was made public.

Pounds declined to describe in detail “the graphic video the world is about to see,” but he called the footage “shocking,” adding that Walker was in no danger when he was “massdated” by a pastor. The comparison was shot. ,

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“It’s barbaric,” Pounds said in an interview with local television station WEWS-TV. “See you tomorrow.”

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Officials have said the fatal collision began when officers tried to stop Walker for a traffic violation while he was driving on Monday morning. Walker fled, according to the Akron Police Department, which said officers had reported a gun was fired from Walker’s vehicle.

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After several minutes, Walker got out of his vehicle and fled, while officers chased and opened fire on him, saying the police department said in a statement Tuesday that he presented a “fatal danger.”

Walker was pronounced dead in the same parking lot where he had fallen. Police representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.

DiCello said his team had seen no evidence, Walker carried a weapon, and police body-camera footage showed him running along the backs of officers when they shot him.

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“He’s just in a down sprint when he’s dropped, I think the count is over 90 shots,” DiCello told Beacon Journal. “How many of them land now, according to our investigation right now, we’re getting details that suggest 60 to 80 wounds.”

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DiCello said it was not clear how many bullets Walker was hit because bullets can cause wounds both entering and exiting the body.

Television station WJW-TV said a preliminary report from the medical examiner’s office found Walker had multiple bullet injuries to the head, torso and legs, and that a weapon was recovered from a car by Ohio’s Criminal Investigation Bureau, However it was not specified which vehicle.

Pounds told WEWS that Walker “had no weapons when he was shot. It was in his car.”

Adding to the tragedy, Walker’s fiancée died in a car accident last month, according to the Beacon Journal, although the WJW cited lawyers for his family as saying that Walker may have caused harm to himself or others if killed. There was no intention to deliver.

The department’s statement said that the officers involved in the firing have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

(Reporting by Jason Lang and Jonathan Lande in Washington; Additional reporting by Steve Gorman in Los Angeles; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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