Ohio Police have released bodycam footage showing the moment Jayland Walker, an unarmed black man, was shot up to 60 times by officers after he fled from a traffic stop.
Eight police officers in Akron, Ohio, were involved in the shooting of 25-year-old Jayland Walker last week following a pursuit by car and on foot.
The officers involved claimed that they believed Walker was armed when they shot him, but a lawyer for the family has seen no evidence that Walker fired a weapon and that police bodycam footage showed him running away, with his back to the officers when he was gunned down.
Police played a number of videos at a news conference, one of which they claimed showed a gunshot being fired from the car that Walker was driving while being chased by police. Walker, then unarmed, can be seen jumping from the car and attempting to run from the police. Authorities say that it appeared as if he was going to turn towards the officers, who at the time believed he was armed.
Bodycam Footage Of The Killing Of Jayland Walker
Police discovered a gun inside his car after the incident. The family lawyer, Bobby DiCello, said: "He is just in a down sprint when he is dropped by - I think the count is more than 90 shots.
"Now how many of those land, according to our investigation right now, we're getting details that suggest 60 to 80 bullet wounds."
Following the deadly incident, eight Akron police officers were placed on paid administrative leave.
Mayor Daniel Horrigan said at a press conference just before showing the bodycam footage: "I know this is a sombre occasion for all of us and for the entire city. The city mourns with you. "The video you are about to watch is heartbreaking and it's very tough to watch and I have a number of questions myself."
Akron Police Department said in its initial statement that its officers "attempted to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation" at approximately 12.30am on Monday.
The authorities said that the driver had refused to stop and officers gave chase, with the police reporting "a firearm being discharged from the suspect's vehicle".
Police said that 25-year-old Jayland Walker jumped out of his moving vehicle and officers continued to chase him on foot. The force said: "Actions by the suspect caused the officers to perceive he posed a deadly threat to them. "In response to this threat, officers discharged their firearms, striking the suspect." Jayland Walker was pronounced dead at the scene.