The police chief in Akron, Ohio, announced Tuesday that the use of deadly force by the eight officers responsible for the death of 25-year-old Jayland Walker was “consistent” with police department policy.
On June 27, 2022, officers shot the black driver nearly 100 times in less than seven seconds after a traffic stop turned into a police chase, police say. Police allege Walker initially shot at them from his car and then walked away unarmed on foot. He was unarmed when the eight officers – seven of whom were white – killed him by beating or grazing him 46 of the bullets.
In spite of the outrage and protests within the community After Walker’s death, Akron Police Chief Steve Mylett acknowledged nationwide some of the officers’ mistakes Three-page summary made public on Tuesday, but he claimed no disciplinary action would be taken against them.
One officer had an extension on his gun’s magazine, which allowed for six additional rounds, according to the memo. But Mylett wrote that the officer’s violation was unintentional and “had no bearing on the outcome of this officer’s actions during this incident as the number of rounds he fired was well below the original capacity of the magazine.”
Furthermore, two of the police cars went after Walker without permission from a supervisor, and two officers did not turn on their body cameras. Mylett also said the investigation shows these actions were not intentional violations.
Mylett concluded that the officers followed police protocol in pursuing Walker, including their failed attempts use of Tasers and firing their guns.
“I found that the facts and circumstances of this tragic shooting demonstrate that the officers had an objectively reasonable belief that Mr. Walker was armed and that his conduct posed an imminent risk of serious bodily harm or death to them and/or their fellow officers officers. Mylett, who retires on January 1, wrote. “I also believe that the special grand jury determined that the officers’ use of force was not excessive when deciding not to pursue criminal charges. “I believe the officers did not violate agency policy when they used deadly force.”
By default, the agents were placed temporarily on paid leave after Walker’s death.
In April of this year, a special Summit County Common Pleas Court grand jury declined to indict the officers after five days of testimony. HuffPost reported this earlier. After the news: Walker’s family has filed a federal lawsuit in June against the city of Akron, seeking at least $45 million in damages.
“Multiple officers, each making an independent judgment about a threat and acting independently to neutralize that threat, creates a dynamic that exponentially amplifies the use of force,” Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost said at a news conference after the decision. grand jury: according to The New York Times. “That said, it is critical to remember that Mr. Walker fired at the police and that he fired first.”
Walker’s family attorney, Bobby DiCello, said the decision was not surprising but has motivated him and the family to pursue additional legal action.
“Everyone should be encouraged to read what the police commissioner has written. He said Jayland’s shooting was ‘consistent with Akron Police Department policy,'” DiCello told HuffPost.. “That says it all. While not unexpected, it is this position that makes it critical for us to continue pursuing the lawsuit on behalf of Jayland Walker’s family. In fact, it is precisely because of this position that we look forward to this case moving forward through our legal system.”
Walker’s killing by police gained national attention amid a series of killings of unarmed black citizens, highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement, and has renewed concern about traffic checks that all too often turn violent.