AKRON, Ohio — Two weeks after police killed an unarmed Black man in Akron, Ohio, the city has declared Wednesday a day of mourning, and police said they will continue with their current traffic stop and chase policies.
Officers shot and killed Jayland Walker, 25, on June 27 as he fled police who were pursuing him for a traffic violation and an equipment violation, according to authorities. Released body camera footage shows officers converging on Walker’s silver Buick sedan at the end of the car chase.
Authorities added that Walker exited his car in a ski mask and Police Chief Stephen Mylett said Walker apparently reached toward his waist during a foot chase and briefly turned toward officers who then fired.
Mylett said the medical examiner found about 60 wounds on Walker’s body, though the exact number of shots fired has not been determined. The chief said Walker, who was unarmed when he was shot, died at the scene.
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Akron City Council on Monday passed the resolution declaring Wednesday as a city-wide day of mourning for Walker, while public speakers and protesters gathered at the city hall to criticize the council for failing to reform Akron police.
Walker’s funeral will be Wednesday at the Akron Civic Theatre.. The service is open to the public.
Akron police also said there were no protest-related arrests Monday or overnight Tuesday following the imposition of a new downtown curfew.
Police chief: Traffic stop and chase policies will remain in place
Mylett said his department has not changed its traffic stop and chase policies and procedures following Walker’s death. The stop and chase that led to Walker being shot as many as 60 times by eight Akron officers continue to be reviewed by the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Mylett said.
Akron police will also do an internal investigation to determine if there were any violations of department policies, he said.
“Based on that investigation and its findings, if there are any adjustments that need to be made, we’ll make them,” Mylett said. “But until then, we’re going to continue our operations as they have been.”
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Deputy Mayor Marco Sommerville said if there is a police chase following a minor traffic offense, police stop pursuing after three minutes.
Mylett said the department has a history of ending pursuits 45% of the time.
“We consider road conditions, we consider the driving behavior of the person that we are pursuing, we are considering weather conditions. There is a whole lot of things that go into it, to include the actions of the individual that is not stopping,” Mylett said. “Based on all of that, we believe officers themselves will make a determination whether or not they should cancel a pursuit. And they often times do. Then the supervisor is monitoring it. He or she will cancel the pursuit if necessary.”
The police department policies will be added to akronupdates.com, communications director Stephanie Marsh said. The city launched the website on Monday, saying it will act as a hub of information tied to the Walker shooting.
Mylett on encrypted radio transmissions: We’ll ‘continue to operate the way that we have’
Akron police will continue to use encrypted radio transmissions that cannot be picked up by radio scanners, Mylett said. The department transmissions often contain sensitive information, including names of victims and officer tactics, Mylett said. The encryption is for the safety of the public and the officers and to ensure that people who should not have that information are unable to hear it and cause harm, he said.
“We will continue to operate the way that we have,” he said. “Safety is number one for everybody. … There’s a lot of information that gets shared over the radio. And also, just to keep in mind, that all of the radio traffic is subject to open records and you can get recordings upon request.”
Horrigan and Mylett will not hold a video new conference on Wednesday because of Walker’s funeral. The weekday news briefings are scheduled to resume Thursday.
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