News ID: 319386
Published: 0225 GMT January 14, 2022

Protest after unarmed black man killed by off-duty officer

Protest after unarmed black man killed by off-duty officer
People gather during a news conference on the killing of Jason Walker, an unarmed black man, by an off-duty police officer in Fayetteville, North Carolina, US.

​​Protesters rallied in a North Carolina city as a United States judge granted the release of police body-camera footage showing the aftermath of the killing of Jason Walker, an unarmed black man who was shot by an off-duty police officer.

Relatives of Walker and residents of Fayetteville gathered in the city on Thursday to demand justice in Saturday’s killing, chanting slogans such as “Jason Walker matters”, Al Jazeera reported.

Civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump, who has represented the families of other unarmed black people killed by police in recent years, including George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, promised to get to the bottom of the killing.

Jeffrey Hash, the off-duty police officer who shot Walker, was driving his vehicle with his wife and daughter when they approached Walker, an unarmed 37-year-old black man crossing the street near his parents’ house.

Moments later, Hash opened fire, and soon Walker lay dead from gunshot wounds.

In an amateur video filmed just after the shooting and posted online, Hash explains to fellow officers called to the scene that Walker jumped into the middle of the street and that he had hit the brakes to avoid him.

Hash claimed Walker then threw himself on the vehicle, tore off a windshield wiper, and used it to hit the windshield, which he said prompted him to draw his weapon and open fire to protect his family.

Witnesses have offered a different account, saying that Hash hit Walker with his vehicle before stopping.




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