Jayland Walker, 25, was a top wrestler at Buchtel High, where he graduated in 2015. His family says he worked for Amazon and DoorDash and was engaged. Multiple cops shot Walker after he escaped a traffic check for a minor infraction.
Walker's family believes he was engaged to Jaymeisha Beasley, who was killed last month by a hit-and-run motorist. Akron Beacon Journal reports that the couple's families are suffering together.
According to Walker's family attorney, Bobby DiCello, he had no criminal record until Monday.
"Jayland has never offended or irritated anybody in this city, state, or nation. How these events unfolded raises numerous concerns, DiCello said Thursday. Our role is to remind the Akron police department that we want accountability.
According to police, Walker refused to stop for a "traffic equipment infraction" at 12:30 a.m. on Monday. A four-and-a-half-minute pursuit followed. Traffic cameras reveal that the one cruiser pursuing Walker quickly increased into 10 cruisers.
During the chase, police say Walker discharged a pistol. Akron Police Department Captain Dave Laughlin informed the press that police didn't see a firearm but heard a gunshot or many gunshots.
Police said Walker stopped before leaving on foot. He was then executed by police.
“The suspect's actions made the cops fear for their lives. In response, policemen fired their guns, hitting the man, authorities claimed.
Police say they recovered a revolver in Walker's car, but they haven't said whether he was armed when 8 police opened fire on him. After Walker was shot, cops tied his corpse and waited for a medical examiner to declare him dead, according to attorney photographs.
The mayor and police chief stated no officer wants to use their firearm in the course of duty. "When they do, it's a horrible day for our city, the families, and the cops."
This wasn't true. Officers who don't want to shoot won't fire 90 rounds at an unarmed suspect.
Since the incident, 8 cops have been put on leave.
"I come before you with a sorrowful, traumatized, bewildered family." This family's struggles are indescribable. From what we've read, 90 shots,” attorney Paige White stated as Jayland's mother Pamela Walker fell into tears.
White: "We don't treat animals that way." We watch white folks commit crimes, kill people, and survive to tell the story throughout the nation. Jayland Walker couldn't."
"Aunt Mini" Lajuana Walker-Dawkins observed, "Many people want to claim their loved ones are excellent." It's true.
"Know who Jayland was. Aunt: "We don't want him to be depicted as a gangster"