Protests across US after video of police killing black man emerged




AKRON, United States: Several hundred protesters marched in Akron, Ohio on Sunday after body camera footage emerged showing police fatally shooting a black man with several dozen bullets.

As anger mounted over the latest police killing of a black man in the United States and authorities appealed for calm, a crowd marched toward City Hall carrying banners with slogans such as ‘Justice for Jayland”.

The slogan refers to Jayland Walker, 25, who was killed on Monday after officers tried to stop his car for a traffic violation, police said.

Sunday marked the fourth straight day of protests in the city of 190,000. The day’s protests were peaceful but during a tense moment in which some protesters approached a line of police and shouted at them.

Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, denounced the shooting as a “murder…point-blank range” as the civil rights group led a rally during the day.

“This black man was killed… for a possible traffic violation. This doesn’t happen to white people in America,” he said in a statement, also criticizing the police department’s response.

Protests continued into the evening, with a crowd of around 100 still on the streets outside the courthouse, a reporter said.

Despite calls for calm from some demonstrators, tensions rose as the night progressed.

Some protesters set fire to dumpsters and smashed the windows of snowplows and other heavy equipment that authorities had moved near the police department as a barrier in anticipation of the unrest.

Police in riot gear deployed and fired tear gas at the crowd to push them away from the justice center.

After initially providing some details about the shooting, Akron authorities released two videos on Sunday: a compilation of body camera footage, stills and voiceovers from body cameras, and another of the full body camera footage. of the entire pursuit and filming.

The voiceover explained that Walker didn’t stop and left. Police engaged in a car chase and said a shot was fired from Walker’s vehicle.

After being chased for several minutes, Walker got out of his car while it was still driving and fled on foot. Officers tried to subdue him with their tasers, but he kept running.

Several officers eventually chased Walker to a parking lot. Body camera footage is too blurry to clearly see what is happening, but an initial police statement released after the shooting says Walker behaved in a way that led officers to believe he was representing a “deadly threat”.

All officers at the scene opened fire on Walker, firing several times in quick succession.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident was the latest death of an African-American citizen at the hands of police, events that have sparked mass protests against racism and police brutality.

“Many will want to air their grievances in public, and I fully support our residents’ right to peaceful assembly,” Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan said at a news conference, saying he was “heartbroken.” by events.

“But hopefully the community can agree that violence and destruction is not the answer.”

He also said an independent investigation was underway.

Bobby DiCello, an attorney for the Walker family, told The New York Times, “I’ve been a litigator for 22 years and I’ve never seen anything close to what this video is going to show.”

Police Chief Steve Mylett said he did not know the exact number of bullets fired at Walker, but the medical examiner’s report “indicates more than 60 wounds on Mr Walker’s body”.

He added that the eight officers involved in Walker’s death have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation.

Authorities canceled a festival planned for the July 4 Independence Day weekend.

Basketball star LeBron James, a native of Akron, said in a tweet on Sunday that he was praying for his city.

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