News ID: 322711
Published: 0342 GMT July 04, 2022

Protest intensifies after video of US police killing black man released

Protest intensifies after video of US police killing black man released
AFP

Demonstrators gather outside City Hall to protest the killing of Jayland Walker in Akron, Ohio, on July 3, 2022.

Several hundred protesters marched Sunday in Akron, Ohio, after the release of body camera footage that showed police fatally shooting a black man with several dozen rounds of bullets.

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

The slogan refers to Jayland Walker, 25, who was killed last week after officers tried to stop his car over a traffic violation, police said, AFP reported.

Sunday marked the fourth straight day of protests in the city of 190,000 people. Demonstrations during the day were peaceful but for a tense moment in which some protesters got close to a line of police and shouted at them.

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

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

After initially providing few details of the shooting, Akron authorities released two videos Sunday.

Several officers chased Walker to a parking lot and all of them opened fire on him, shooting multiple times in rapid 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 over racism and police brutality.

 

 

 

 

   
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