Police in Akron, Ohio – who earlier this week fired more than 90 shots at a black motorist that killed him – said they would release video of the shooting, as the city rallies for protests, according to reports. .
Jayland Walker, 25, died after being hit more than 60 times, said a lawyer for his family – who has seen the body cam footage.
The video is expected to be made public on Sunday.
According to 3News Investigates, two police officers used non-lethal Tasers before eight other officers fired a barrage at Walker.
“You see the two officers deploy their Tasers. You don’t notice it, but you learn later that it’s because Tasers don’t make a big bang,” said Robert DiCello, a lawyer for the Walker family. “Suddenly, with no warning, and for no reason that I can contemplate on the video – no hand gestures, no stopping, no turning, no movement, nothing – it seems is that he (Walker) is turning to look at his left shoulder and then there is a barrage of bullets.”
According to reports, Akron city officials have canceled 4th of July events as it prepares for demonstrations after the video was released.
Walker died shortly after leading police in a four-minute chase that ended just after midnight on Monday. According to reports, he died when he jumped from his slow moving vehicle and tried to escape. The police followed, and initially used tasers that remembered him. Police say Walker fired his gun during the chase, which at times reached over 80 mph. He said he later found a gun and bullet cover inside Walker’s 2005 Buick sedan.
According to reports, a police officer had tried to stop Walker a day earlier when he noticed that the tail light of his car was broken.
“We want the community to know about that pursuit,” DiCello said. “Why here: He went home from that chase. Do you understand? He lived to tell the story. And that’s exactly what he should have been here. There was no reason to kill him. Nobody.”