Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Bodycam footage shows Akron police killing Jayland Walker

Bodycam footage released on July 3, 2022 shows Akron police shooting 25-year-old Jayland Walker. (Photo: Screengrab)

Bodycam Footage Shows Ohio Police Shooting Jayland Walker 60+ Times

"The Department of Justice needs to step in to investigate immediately," said former Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner.

Common Dreams staff

Ohio authorities on Sunday released bodycam footage showing Akron police officers shooting Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man, upwards of 60 times.

As the Washington Post reported, officers "tried to stop Walker's vehicle at about 12:30 am Monday for investigation of an unspecified traffic violation and chased him when he did not pull over, they said."

"The Akron Police Department said a gun was fired from the vehicle during the pursuit—an allegation that Walker's family has disputed," the Post continued. "Minutes later, Walker jumped out of the car and ran into a parking lot, with officers following."

Eight officers involved in Walker's killing have been placed on paid leave as authorities investigate the incident, during which the cops are believed to have fired more than 90 rounds.

Watch the bodycam footage (warning: the video is disturbing):

The killing sparked outrage and protests in Akron, and the release of video footage is expected to be met with additional demonstrations on Sunday.

"Firing 90 times on anyone unarmed is more than excessive, it's inhumane, unjust, and immoral," Dr. N. J. Akbar, president of the Akron School Board, said in a statement released Friday. "The citizens of Akron deserve accountability and immediate transparency."

Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Citing Need for 'New, Inclusive Leadership,' Chuy García Files for Chicago Mayoral Race

"We have an opportunity to elect a trusted and experienced leader with a history of building coalitions and a vision for a brighter future for all Chicagoans," said the Democratic congressman.

Jessica Corbett ·

On Cyber Monday, Climate Activists Take Aim at Fashion Industry

"The fashion industry is one of the largest polluting industries globally. We can all do better, but it's on companies to make this industry better for workers, the planet, and consumers alike."

Jessica Corbett ·

Biden Accused of Selling Out Rail Workers by Urging Congress to Prevent Strike

"Biden is siding with corporate rail bosses over the rank-and-file workers who voted against this agreement," said one progressive commentator after the president urged lawmakers to take action to force through a deal without paid sick leave.

Brett Wilkins ·

Analysis Finds State Legislators Proposed 306 Bills Targeting Trans People in Past 2 Years

"Right-wing state lawmakers are obsessed with taking away the rights of trans people and we're obsessed with knocking them out of public office," said one rights group.

Julia Conley ·

Biden Mulls Sending Long-Range Missiles to Ukraine

While Ukrainians and supporters welcomed Boeing's proposal to arm Ukrainian forces with long-range precision-guided bombs, one anti-war voice accused the American military-industrial complex of "dictating the U.S. foreign policy and profiteering from wars."

Brett Wilkins ·

Common Dreams Logo