The family of a Black man killed by police is bracing for the release of body camera video later on Sunday that their attorney says shows Akron, Ohio, police fired 90 times at Jayland Walker as he fled after a traffic stop.
The attorney for the Walker family, Bobby DiCello, called the video “brutal” in comments published on Saturday by the Akron Beacon Journal. He said Walker’s relatives are worried that protests could turn violent when the video is released after a 1 pm ET (1700 GMT) news conference by the city’s major and police chief.
The shooting, which occurred on Monday, was the latest in a spate of killings of Black men by law enforcement in the United States that critics say are racist and unjustified, including the 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis that ignited global protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
“We’re all bracing for the community’s response, and the one message that we have is the family does not need any more violence,” DiCello said.
The Akron NAACP was planning a peaceful rally at Akron City Hall after the police news conference and video release Sunday afternoon.
Officials have said the deadly confrontation began when officers tried to stop 25-year-old Walker for a traffic violation while he was driving early Monday morning. Walker fled, according to the Akron Police Department, which said officers reported a gun being fired from Walker’s vehicle.
After several minutes Walker exited his vehicle and ran, while officers chased him on foot and fired at him, saying he presented a “deadly threat,” the police department said in a statement on Tuesday.
Walker was pronounced dead in the parking lot where he fell.
DiCello said his team has not seen any evidence Walker fired a weapon and that police body-camera footage