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Jayland Walker’s sister and an attorney alleged that the photo Akron, Ohio, police released showing a gun recovered from the car of a Black man shot and killed by officers during a traffic stop was staged.
This comes after the Akron Police Department released a video Monday of the deadly June 27 shooting of 25-year-old Jayland Walker in a pursuit that started with an attempted traffic stop. It’s not clear how many shots were fired by the eight officers involved, but Walker reportedly sustained more than 60 wounds.
The department also released a photo of a handgun, a loaded magazine and an apparent wedding ring that police say were found on the seat of the car. A casing consistent with the weapon was later found in the area where officers believed a shot had come from the vehicle, police said.
“I’ve never known him to own a gun of any sort at all. He never brought it to my attention. The last thing I would imagine him having with him was a gun,” Walker’s sister, Jada Walker, told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I haven’t been watching a lot of publications and things because I don’t want to see him in that light. I’m just really sad because out of many Black men and many families who have experienced this, even as a sister , you know it’s just … excuse me … it’s just really hard.”
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“I don’t see clear evidence of a gun being fired, more importantly, the gun was recovered in the back seat according to the preliminary autopsy report that my team reviewed,” the attorney representing the Walkers, Bobby DiCello, said. “I need to