The death of a young African American man, killed by dozens of bullets fired by police in Akron, Ohio, on Monday sparked angry demonstrations in that city near Cleveland in the northern United States on Friday.
Jayland Walker, 25, was killed while fleeing police after a chase following an attempted arrest for a traffic violation on foot.
In a statement, Metropolitan Police said the young driver shot officers during the chase. “The suspect’s actions led officers to perceive a deadly threat against them” and “they fired their gun and killed the suspect” who was on the run.
Police said a gun was found in the car the young driver left.
The police officers involved in his death have been administratively suspended pending the completion of the judicial investigation. An internal investigation has also been launched, according to the police, who will have to make public the footage of the pedestrian cameras that the agents carried with them in the coming days.
Police did not release details of the shooting, but a total of eight officers fired more than 90 bullets at Jayland Walker, according to local media.
“They hit him 60 times,” the organization Black Lives Matter said on Twitter.
Jayland Walker’s family on Thursday demanded an explanation from authorities and at a news conference called for angry demonstrations to remain peaceful as protesters have gathered outside City Hall and the police station in Akron, known as the hometown of basketball star LeBron James, since Wednesday .
“He wasn’t a monster, he wasn’t someone involved in a crime in his life,” family attorney Bobby DiCello told reporters.
“Jayland was a nice young man, he never caused any trouble,” said his aunt, Lajuana Walker-Dawkins.
City Hall on Thursday decided to cancel an annual festival planned for the National Day long weekend, Monday July 4, as it believed it was “not the time for celebration”.