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Family Sues Akron and Officers Over Jayland Walker Shooting

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The family of Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old Black man who was fatally shot by eight police officers in Akron, Ohio, is seeking a minimum of $45 million in damages through a federal lawsuit, Your Content has learned.

According to the lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, excessive force was employed during the incident.

The suit targets the eight officers involved, the City of Akron, Mayor Daniel Horrigan, and Police Chief Stephen Mylett, alleging widespread misconduct and departmental failures.

Representatives for the city, including the police chief and mayor, were unavailable for immediate comment when approached by Reuters.

However, a spokesperson for the city informed they would not be making any statements regarding the ongoing litigation.

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During a press conference held on Friday, Bobby DiCello, the attorney representing Walker’s family, expressed his belief that the lawsuit would reveal the “true story” behind Walker’s tragic death.

DiCello emphasized that Jayland Walker’s demise had been unjustly misrepresented as his own fault.

The incident occurred in June 2022, when officers pursued Walker on foot following an attempted traffic stop.

Eventually, they fired multiple rounds at him, striking him numerous times, including five shots to the back. In April, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost revealed that the officers mistakenly believed Walker was reaching for a gun in his waistband, prompting their use of lethal force.

Yost’s office had been requested by local prosecutors to investigate the shooting.

Notably, Walker’s case gained national attention and stirred unrest within the city, coinciding with heightened tensions between the public and law enforcement following the killing of another Black individual.

This incident unfolded amidst a series of similar deaths throughout the United States.

In recent news, the Minneapolis Police Department came under federal oversight after a Department of Justice (DOJ) review unveiled the routine use of excessive force against Black and Native American individuals.

The investigation, prompted by the police killing of George Floyd, lasted two years. Similarly, in March, the DOJ discovered comparable issues within the Louisville, Kentucky, police department following the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

During the press conference, Pamela Walker, Jayland’s mother, tearfully embraced her attorneys.

However, she declined to provide a comment to Reuters when contacted by telephone later on.

Currently, the city has not disclosed the identities of the officers involved in the shooting. However, a media lawsuit seeking the release of this information is awaiting a ruling by the Ohio Supreme Court, according US News.

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